Reach Out and Read Young Investigator Awards

Funding Track Overview

With generous support from Reach Out and Read, we are pleased to announce the APA Young Investigator Award for Primary Care Strategies for the Promotion of Early Literacy and School Readiness. This award provides financial support for young investigators whose research projects focus on interventions in primary care intended to support the early stages of literacy development and school readiness among children at risk for reading problems or school failure.

Awardees may receive up to $15,000. This award’s primary goal is to foster development of young investigators who will advance a research agenda related to:

  1. Improving early literacy and school readiness among children, especially those at risk for language delay and school problems, through primary care-based interventions, including Reach Out and Read and other related programs.
  2. Understanding home environmental and other influences (both social and biological) related to early literacy and school readiness in order to inform development and refinement of primary care interventions.

ROR YIA Qualifications

The principal investigator and primary mentor of any submitted LOI must be members of the APA or have submitted an application for membership. Receipt of applications is encouraged from individuals who are members of an URM, disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

  1. Faculty members who are no more than 5 years out from completion of all training (fellowship or post-doc)
  2. Fellows
  3. Post-doctoral trainees
  4. Residents
  5. Graduate students


  • Extended family leave
  • Job sharing
  • Military service and deployment
  • Graduates of APA-sponsored programs that include a focus on research (e.g. Educational Scholars Program, Research Scholars Program) may be granted an additional 3 years beyond completion of the APA program provide their academic rank is at an Instructor or Assistant Professor level or the equivalent.

  • Applicants requesting extended eligibility should include:

    • An additional statement of 3 sentences or less describing their situation and rationale for this request. This statement should be provided on a separate document and does NOT count toward the application page limit.
    • The mentor's letter should also support this request for extended eligibility and attest to the applicant's commitment to research.

    Questions concerning eligibility may be sent to APA staff at

    Previous awardees are not eligible to apply.

    How to Apply

    If you are interested in applying for APA Reach Out and Read Young Investigator Award, please click here for further instructions, and ensure you submit all materials specific to your selected funding track.

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