NACA® Research Grants

Advancing Research In Campus Activities Grants

NACA® research grants were introduced in 2008, and the funds for NACA® Research Grants and Advancing Research in Campus Activities Grants were formally established by the NACA® Educational Foundation in 2009.  In 2015, these grants were combined under the umbrella of “Advancing Research in Campus Activities Grants” as a reflection of the ultimate goal for the awards, which is to advance the field of campus activities by encouraging the development and dissemination of knowledge that has potential to improve the experiences of college students through their involvement in campus activities.  

To achieve the goal of the Advancing Research in Campus Activities Grants, NACA is now seeking research proposals.  

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Award Notifications Begin: Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Faculty, staff, and graduate students who plan to conduct research on issues related to campus activities and student engagement are eligible to apply for NACA® Advancing Research in Campus Activities Grants.  Individual researchers and cross-institutional research teams are encouraged to apply.  The following individuals are not eligible for the NACA® Advancing Research in Campus Activities Grants:  NACA® staff, current members of the Board of Directors, and current members of the NACA® Research Award Committee.  

Application Process

Applicants for the NACA® Advancing Research in Campus Activities Grants must complete and submit an online application.  Only complete proposals will be considered.  Applicants are required to upload an electronic text document in Microsoft Word or as a .pdf.  This document must include each of the following:

  • Purpose and Abstract (250 words max)
    The purpose and abstract should be a brief summary of the research proposal's key points and outcomes.
  • Mission and Values (250 words max)
    This should be a statement that ties the research proposal to the NACA®'s mission and core values, as found on the association's website
  • Introduction (500 words max)
    This section should include a rationale for the study, citing relevant theories and issues, as well as providing a context to current literature in higher education.
  • Methodology and Identification of Subjects (800 words max)
    This section should provide a summary of the research, including research questions, subject and sample selection identification, data collection and means, instruments and protocols, and data analysis and presentation.
  • Potential Implications and Risks (300 words max)
    This should be a brief overview of how this research could impact the profession, as well as any risks that may occur to the association or the participants.
  • Timeline (200 words max)
    Provide a detailed listing of dates and times of any activities related to the proposal, including subject contact, data collection, analysis, and publication.  Reminder:  All NACA® grant-funded research must be completed within one calendar year of receipt of funds.
  • Expected Use and Dissemination (200 words max)
    Provide a brief overview of the planned use of data and outcomes, as well as plans for dissemination, such as presentations or publications.
  • References (as needed, no word limit)
    Fully cite all sources referenced in your proposal, using APA style (6th edition).
  • Optional Uploads
    Upload additional documents, such as IRB documents, survey instruments, or other documents that can be added with the upload tool in the application.
  • Funding Request
    Be sure to check the box that indicates that you are requesting financial support.

In addition, applicants must provide contact information of all project researchers and provide a digital signature of acceptance that acknowledges commitment to research integrity, as well as agreement to abide by non-discrimination and civility statements from the association.

Research Grant Awards

Awards will be made in the following categories:

2019 NACA® Research Grant Application


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