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: Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11:59pm PST
Award Notifications Begin: Monday, August 14, 2017


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:

  • Abstract (250 words max)
    The abstract should be a brief summary of the proposal’s key points. (The abstracts from the successful grant proposals will be included in award announcement.)
  • Introduction (500 words max)
    Introduce the issues/theories/programs to be addressed by your research.  Be sure to include the rationale for the study, a discussion of relevant literature, and the proposal’s connection to campus activities.
  • Methodology (800 words max)
    Describe the research methodology.  Be sure to address the research question(s), sample/subject selection, data collection, instruments/protocols, and data analysis.
  • Potential Implications (300 words max)
    Be sure to discuss the potential impact of your findings on campus activities.
  • Timeline (200 words max)
    Provide a timeline of activities related to this research.  Please include anticipated start date(s) for all  relevant activities (i.e., data collection, analysis, dissemination).  Please note that research must be completed so that presentation of findings can be made by February 2018.
  • References (as needed, no word limit)
    Fully cite all sources referenced in your proposal.  Please use APA style (6th edition) throughout the proposal.

Research Grant Awards

Awards will be made in the following categories:

2017 NACA® Research Grant Application


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