The Anna Freud Foundation

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Goals and Origin

The Anna Freud Foundation a tax-exempt organization, was established in 1953 by Dora Hartmann, Ruth Eissler, and Edith B. Jackson. It has been dedicated to promoting psychoanalytic theory and practice, especially those stimulated by Anna Freud.

The Board of Trustees of the Anna Freud Foundation will be accepting inquiries for seed money, matching grants, and cash gifts to promote child analysis and the training of child analysts. Inquiries can be made by institutions on behalf of their affiliates and candidates or, in select instances, by private individuals themselves. All requests will be considered by the Board. Further information can be obtained by contacting President Claudia Lament, PhD at

Gifts and contributions may be sent directly to the President. All gifts will be formally acknowledged.

Proposals submitted should be informed by the following guidelines:

1. Abstract of the proposed project: Provide a summary of the proposed project which should include its significance for psychoanalysis generally or child analysis in particular.
2. Specific aims of the project: State the goals of the project and the anticipated outcomes. Please include how the hoped-for results will influence the field. How will the project be carried out? What strategies will be utilized?
3. Importance of the proposal: Why is this project of significance to the promotion of psychoanalysis or of child analysis? For example, will its fruition culminate in a fresh way of tackling an obstacle to progress in the field? How will our scientific knowledge or practice be furthered? Will your organization or practice be enriched and if so, in what ways?
4. Other sources of funding: Provide the names of other sources of funding for your initiative and how much you are receiving from them.
5. Monies requested: State how much you wish to receive from the AFF and how the monies would be used and distributed.
6. Interview with AFF board members: In order to obtain a clearer picture of the proposal, the board may request an in-person (or via a virtual platform) presentation so that the prospective grantee can engage with the board directly and respond to questions.

The prospective grantee should be aware that if awarded a grant, an annual follow-up report is expected for as many years as the project is ongoing. The narrative should include how the project is progressing in keeping with its stated aims. If the project is of a clinical nature that involves analytic treatment, the details of the work need to be elucidated in such a way that permits a clear and vivid explication of its progression or the impediments that stand in the way. The president of the foundation will also discuss with grantees whether additional requirements are necessary, as each proposal will have different goals which may need tailored reportage.

Board of Trustees

Claudia Lament, Ph.D
31 Washington Square West PHA
New York, N.Y. 10011

Rona Knight, Ph.D.
56 Monadnock Road
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Kimberly Chu, LCSW
Robert King, M.D.
Rona Knight, Ph.D.
Anton O. Kris, M.D.
Claudia Lament, Ph.D.
Norka Malberg, Psy.D.
Jack Novick, Ph.D.
Wendy Olesker, Ph.D.
Miriam Steele, Ph.D.
Lissa Weinstein, Ph.D.
Judith A. Yanof, M.D.

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