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Research committee to award funds for new grant

By Greg Johnson

The NCAA Research Committee is announcing a call for proposals for a new initiative, the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program. Funding for this program was made available when the NCAA Scholarly Colloquium was discontinued after the 2013 NCAA Convention.

“When the decision was made to retire the Colloquium, the NCAA promised that the funding previously set aside for the Colloquium would continue to support external research on intercollegiate athletics,” said Jim Isch, NCAA chief operating officer. “With this new initiative, it is our hope to fund proposals that will yield research and programming that directly and positively impacts the lives of student-athletes.”

The NCAA Research Committee will oversee the awarding of $100,000 in grants for 2014 to scholars or practitioners conducting studies or piloting on-campus programs that benefit student-athletes and NCAA colleges and universities. The Research Committee is requesting proposals that focus on student-athlete well-being and mental health issues. Grant recipients will be invited to present their work at the 2015 NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C.

Two tiers of grants will be solicited in this process. One tier will be considered for funding up to $50,000, based on the quality of the proposal and the justifications in the proposed budgets. The second tier will receive awards of up to $10,000 based on the same criteria.

The following timeline will be used in regards to the grants:

  • March 1, 2014 Deadline for proposals
  • April 15, 2014 Announcement of winners
  • Sept. 1, 2014 Interim report due
  • Jan. 9, 2015 Final report due
  • Jan. 14-17, 2015 NCAA Convention and presentation of grant findings


The NCAA Research Committee members and independent reviewers will evaluate proposals and decide on funding.