Research grants support original, scholarly research that advance the knowledge base and practices within the field of collegiate recreation. Grant award amounts will be based on the needs of individual projects.
The NIRSA Foundation proudly supports the NIRSA Research Grant Program.
The NIRSA 2018 Research Grant Application Guidelines are now available! Please use the available rubric to evaluate your proposal before submission. If you have any questions, please contact Ruben Guzman, NIRSA Research Coordinator.
All funded research projects must be conducted either at or for NIRSA member institutions. Applications from students must be supported by faculty or staff sponsors who have agreed to oversee the proposed research. Applicants do not need to be NIRSA members. Collaborative, multi-institutional projects and those involving historically underrepresented groups will be given special consideration. Proposals should focus on the priorities identified in the NIRSA Research Agenda.
Please refer to the Research Grant Application Guidelines prior to preparing a proposal. To apply for one of these prestigious grants, or for further information about the NIRSA Research Grant Program, please contact email@example.com.
Dr. Austin AndersonUniversity of Southern Indiana
Project: “Project: Impact of LGBTQ Diversity Training on Attitudes and Competencies of Collegiate Recreation Employees” Funded by:
Dianna ClaussRider University
Project: “The impact of a comprehensive student health and wellbeing program on the retention rate of residential first year students.” Funded by:
Dr. Laura MorrisUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington
Project: “Multi-institutional assessment of the relationship between campus recreation participation and psychological wellbeing.” Funded by:
Erin PatchettUniversity of Northern Colorado
Project: “Campus recreation professionals’ engagement with social justice.” Funded by:
Dr. Deborah ShapiroGeorgia State University
Project: “A Multi‐Institutional Comparison of Barriers and Facilitators of Campus Adapted and Inclusive Intramural Sports Programming for College Students with and without Disabilities” Funded by:
Yvette KellUniversity of Missouri – St. Louis
Project: “An Exploration of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership in Collegiate Recreation Student Employees and their own perceptions of their Emotional Intelligence and Emotionally Intelligent Leadership” Funded by:
$10,000 – Dr. Leann Lower, Ball State University
$2,000 – Dr. Amy Rundio, East Carolina University
Dr. Leann LowerBall State University
Project: “The Collegiate Sport Club Model: Organization Structure, Management, and Outcomes” Funded by:
Dr. Anthony PattersonNorth Carolina Central University
Project: “The Value of Outdoor Recreation Programs for Students at an Historically Black University: An Exploration of Outdoor Recreation Experiences and Barriers to Participation.” Funded by:
Dr. Amy RundioEast Carolina University
Project: “Collegiate Sport Club Participation: Constraints, Motivations, and Student Outcomes” Funded by:
Dr. Keith HowardNorth Carolina State University
Project: “Race, Identity, and Belonging: Examining College Students’ Preferences for Sport and Active Recreation.”
Dr. James PivarnikMichigan State University
Project: “Interrelationships Among College Student Physical Activity, Club and Intramural Sports Participation, and Academic Performance.” Recreational Sports Journal article Funded by:
Dr. Jacob TingleTrinity University
Project: “Exploring NIRSA Championship Series Professional Development Opportunities: Understanding Their Perceived Value to the Association.” Recreational Sports Journal article Funded by:
Dr. Scott ForresterBrock University
Project: “Benefits of Campus Recreational Sports Participation: NASPA-NIRSA Consortium.” Recipient of the President’s Award for the Article of Distinction Recreational Sports Journal article Funded by:
Clearly articulate a strong research design. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method studies will be considered. Methodology must be appropriate for the research question(s).
Be completed by October 2018. Results must be ready for presentation at the 2019 NIRSA Annual Conference and be submitted for consideration for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, such as NIRSA’s Recreational Sports Journal (RSJ).
Explore unique issues, subjects, analysis, participants and/or sample. Research must be original work of the investigators and may not have been reported elsewhere.
Have potential to have a broad impact on campus recreation initiatives.