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Research Board

The Research Board reports to and advises the Board of Trustees on science and research policy, the funding of psychological research, and the submission of evidence to public or private bodies. as well as other matters relating to the promotion and advancement of psychological science.

Its main responsibilities are:

  • Influencing internal and external funding for the support and encouragement of research
  • Reviewing psychological research within the UK and elsewhere, research conducted by our members, and research sponsored by the Society
  • Providing informed and impartial advice on research issues in response to internal and external enquiry
  • Commissioning or undertaking enquiries to produce expert and authoritative reports on research issues of interest to the Society and the wider public
  • Supporting, on grounds of eligibility and quality, research activities planned or conducted by Society members
  • Promote research (both discipline based and multidisciplinary) through the dissemination of results through conferences, seminars and other means
  • Defining standards for the training of postgraduate students in research methods
  • Working to maximise the availability of funds to support psychological research

To contact the Lead Policy Advisor please email [email protected]

Through its activities the Research Board promotes the advancement and diffusion of knowledge through new developments in psychological science.

These activities include:

Working parties

The Research Board liaises closely with other Society Boards and Committees on a number of working parties.

Lobbying and liaison

The Research Board via its membership of the Joint Committee for Psychology in Higher Education liaises with key funding bodies such as the ESRC, BBSRC, MRC and the Wellcome Trust, as well as the Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It links with other relevant bodies to ensure psychology is represented in appropriate forums.

Our partners include the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments, the Higher Education Council, Campaign for Science & Engineering , the Royal Society, the British Academy, Academy for Social Sciences and the British Science Association. See other ways we use our influence.

Awards and grants

To promote, encourage and reward outstanding achievements in psychological science the Board administers a range of awards. Grant schemes are also offered to support the advancement of psychological science.

Research guidelines and  policy documents

The Board publishes a range of guidelines and documents to promote high standards of ethical conduct and to promote psychological science.


Date Time Location Deadline for Agenda Items
Wednesday 13th February 11:00 - 15:00 London 22nd January
Monday 02nd June 11:00 - 15:00 London 09th April
Tuesday 29th October 11:00 - 15:00 London 02nd October


Date Time Location Deadline for Agenda Items
Friday 28th February 11:00 - 15:00 London TBC
Wednesday 20th May 11:00 - 15:00 London TBC
Friday 23rd October 11:00 - 15:00 London TBC
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