Research & Product Development

University of Minnesota Press Test Division 2021-2022 (U of M fiscal year 22) request for proposal for research and product development on the MMPI and MPQ instruments


The Press invites proposals from non-student investigators for research and development on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ) instruments. 

The Press seeks applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) principal investigators as well as projects that include BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals on their research team. The Press also seeks applications that consider the enrollment of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ participants toward the goal of increasing generalization of results and improving assessment of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals. 

Only one proposal per investigator will be considered, unless the Press has expressly invited specific proposals for product development.


Priority will be given to studies that:

  • focus on assessment of ethnic minorities and other underrepresented populations using the MMPI-3 and the MMPI-A-RF 
  • focus on the U.S. Spanish-language translations of the MMPI-3 and MMPI-A-RF
  • use the MMPI-3 to address test use with active-duty and veteran military personnel; predict outcomes in employment screening; examine risk assessment in forensic settings; assess invalid responding in forensic settings; assess response bias; or predict treatment process or outcome of psychological, psychiatric, or medical treatments. Studies examining the assessment of personality disorders and, in particular, psychopathy will also be a priority.
  • validate the MMPI-A-RF in a variety of settings and with various criterion measures. In addition to replicating the findings reported in the MMPI-A-RF manual (psychiatric inpatient, residential treatment, and forensic settings) with similar or expanded criterion measures, data should be collected in medical, neuropsychological, outpatient mental health, and school settings. Archival data studies with adequate criterion measures will also be considered.
  • use the MPQ to address test use with pre-employment screening of public safety personnel as well as other applications of the instrument. 

These have been identified as research priorities. However, we do not wish to discourage the submission of proposals in other areas of MMPI-3, MMPI-A-RF, and MPQ research that investigators have an interest in exploring.          

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                  

The Press invites proposals for:

  • further validation of the U.S. Spanish-language translation of the MMPI-3
  • development of the MMPI-3 product line, including addition of comparison groups representing the broad range of MMPI-3 applications
  • development of the MPQ product line, including addition of comparison groups representing a range of MPQ applications

Submission Process

Requests should be submitted using the attached forms:

  • Request for Research Funding: (Word | PDF)
  • Request for Product Development Funding: (Word | PDF)

When completing the forms, please provide thorough and detailed responses. Requests will be formally reviewed by the Test Division’s Advisory Board and assessed for 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 Katie Nickerson, Test Division Manager, at no later than Friday, April 16.



If you received funding in 2020-2021 from the Press, please submit progress and expenditure reports using the downloadable forms found below to Katie Nickerson, Test Division Manager, at

Research Progress Report (due April 16): (
Word | PDF)

Product Development Progress Report (due April 16): (Word | PDF


Final Expenditure Reports (due July 1): (Word | PDF)


The Press annually invites proposals from non-student investigators on the MMPI Instruments.  Progress reports must be received before funding requests for 2021/2022 are considered.