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Test Division


TD R&D 16-17

The Press invites proposals from non-student investigators for research and development on the MMPI-2-RF, the MMPI-A-RF, the MMPI-2, and the MMPI-A. Only one proposal per investigator will be considered, unless the Press has expressly invited specific proposals for product development. 

RESEARCH // Priority will be given to studies that:

  • further validate the MMPI-A-RF
  • address use of the MMPI-2-RF in medical settings
  • address test use with active-duty and veteran military personnel
  • predict outcomes in employment screening
  • assess risk assessment in forensic settings
  • assess invalid responding in forensic settings
  • predict treatment process or outcome of psychological, psychiatric, or medical treatments
  • assess variables relating to eating disorders
  • assess the continued examination of psychopathy
  • inform integration of clinical inferences from multiple MMPI-2-RF scales (e.g., using H-O and RC scales together, RC and SP scales together, RCd and RC# scales together

NIMH’S RDoC PROGRAM                                                                                                    

The Test Division recognizes the potential application of its instruments (e.g., the MMPI-2-RF and MPQ) for the identification and development of novel clinical phenotypes relevant to

NIMH’s Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative.  We invite applications for pilot studies that would make use of existing datasets containing both biological measures and Test Division data for preliminary studies that could support future applications to NIMH under the RDoC program. The Test Division will not fund proposals for new data collection under this mechanism.

Proposals must include a plan for examining Test Division instrument data in combination with biological parameters to explore constructs within (or immediately relevant to) the RDoC matrix. Relevant biological parameters include, but are not limited to, psychophysiological measures, neuro-imaging variables, molecular and genetic biomarkers, as well as heritability estimates from twin studies. 

These have been identified as research priorities. However, we do not wish to discourage the submission of proposals in other areas that investigators have an interest in exploring.       

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT // The Press invites proposals for: 

  • exploration of item-level and scale-level improvements of the MMPI-2-RF
  • enhancements of and revision to the MMPI-2-RF Scoring and Interpretive Reports. Although not limited to specific parts of the reports, we ask that proposals address the comparison group and annotation features of the reports
  • development of MMPI-2-RF interpretive reports for medical settings, including, but not limited to, screening for bariatric and spinal surgery.

SUBMISSION PROCESS // Requests should be submitted on the attached forms: 

  • Request for Research Funding (Word or PDF) 
  • Request for Product Development Funding (Word or PDF)

In completing the forms, please provide thorough and detailed responses. Requests will be formally reviewed by the Test Division’s Advisory Board as to the quality of the proposal and the importance of the proposed research/development. The advisors will be asked to comment on the strengths and/or weaknesses of new proposals and on the progress reported on requests for renewal funding of previously supported research. 

Please submit requests using the above downloadable forms, to Tami Brown, Test Division Contracts/Permissions Coordinator, at by Friday, April 29, 2016.



FY15-16 Previously Funded Work
If you received funding in 2015-2016 from the Press, please submit progress and expenditure reports using the downloadable forms found below, to Tami Brown, Test Division Contracts/Permissions Coordinator at by the following dates:

  • Research Progress Report:  Friday April 15, 2016
 Word  | PDF
  • Product Development Progress Report: 
Friday April 15, 2016
 Word  | PDF

  • Expenditure Reports: Thursday June 30, 2016
 Word  | PDF
    The Press annually invites proposals from non-student investigators on the MMPI-2-RF, the MMPI-2, and the MMPI-A.  Progress reports must be received before funding requests for 2016/2017 are considered.