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Collaborative Research Grants

A. Purpose

The Association for Applied Sport Psychology will offer research grants for collaborative projects during the 2020 grant cycle. This call is intended to support multi-investigator and multi-institutional collaborative research projects in applied sport, exercise, and/or performance psychology. To achieve this aim, proposals are welcomed for projects that incorporate at least two different disciplines, or involve researchers from at least two different institutions/organizations. 

The Collaborative Research Grant call has the following aims:

  • To build collaborative research environments for AASP members.
  • To support existing or emerging collaborations between early career (e.g., pre-tenured faculty) or student AASP members and tenured faculty or seasoned practitioners (e.g., CMPCs).
  • To develop relationships between researchers and practitioners from different disciplines or different institutions/organizations.
  • To accelerate interdisciplinary research and increase opportunities for AASP members to complete high-quality projects that advance the fields of sport, exercise, and performance psychology.

During the grant review process, primary consideration will be given to early career professionals (e.g., pre-tenured faculty) and students who will be working on the grant in collaboration with tenured faculty or seasoned practitioners (e.g., CMPC’s). If funds allow, secondary consideration will be given to tenured faculty or more seasoned practitioners for collaborative projects that clearly benefit AASP members. The total amount available for this call is $5,000. The committee will decide how many proposals to allocate the funding to; all proposals up to the value of $5,000 that meet the call criteria are welcomed.

Submitted proposals must:

  • Incorporate at least two different, clearly defined disciplines or researchers from at least two different institutions/organizations.
  • Integrate research and practice.
  • Show potential for contributing to the knowledge bases in sport, exercise, and or performance psychology (e.g., via peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations).
  • Clearly demonstrate the planned impact of the research.

B. Eligibility

  • Continuous membership of the AASP for at least three years
    • If students cannot meet this requirement, they may act as joint principal investigator on the proposal with an AASP member who does meet this requirement. 
  • Proposals may include multiple principal and or co-investigators but each individual’s contribution to the proposed research must be clearly articulated and justified.
  • If students from more than one discipline/institution/organization are included in an application, a co-investigator from each discipline/institution/organization is required.
  • The principal investigator of an AASP research collaboration grant may only receive funding once in a three year period.
  • Projects may be funded through one of the AASP grant mechanisms (Research, Research Collaboration, Community Outreach, Oglesby-Snyder). Each grant mechanism has its own process for submitting proposals.

C. Application Procedure

  • Applications must be received no later than April 1.

All proposals must include the following components:

  1. Investigator information. Any student/advisor teams should be clearly outlined. 
  2. Title & Abstract (300 words or less)
  3. Specific Aims of the Project:
    a. Clearly state the aim(s) and research questions.
    b. Explain how the project integrates research and practice.
    c. Detail how the work will contribute to knowledge in sport, exercise, and or performance psychology and by what means this will be achieved (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, or other creative means).
    d. Explain the planned impact of the research.
  4. Background and Significance:
    a. Include a theoretical framework where relevant.
    b. Describe and evaluate existing relevant literature.
    c. Clearly explain the originality of the project.
  5. Research Design and Method:
    a. Include sampling information and strategies for ensuring participant recruitment.
    b. Describe the proposed methods (including but not limited to participants, procedures, techniques, data analyses) in detail
    c. Clearly state the novelty of proposed methods.
  6. Risks and Mitigation Strategies:
    a. Describe potential risks to successful project completion and detail appropriate mitigation strategies.
  7. Each Investigator’s Roles and Responsibilities
  8. References (only those cited)
  9. Budget and budget justification
    a. Include an itemized budget with a justification for each expenditure.
  10. Additional support (250 words or less)
    a. Provide details on financial support that is being sought or has been awarded from other sources.
    b. Describe the resources available at each institution/organization, including equipment, facilities, and support personnel.
  11. Appendix; must include the following submitted as individual PDFs via upload on the application in Google Forms:
    a. A two-page curriculum vitae for each named applicant. The vitae should include academic degrees, positions held, awards, publications, presentations, and other information relevant to the current project.
    b. Statements of support and intended contribution from applicants other than the principal investigator.
  12. Submission Checklist

Failure to include all components listed above, or proposals that do not conform to length specifications, will not be reviewed.

D. Proposal Review Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by the Research Development Committee against the following criteria:

  • Originality.
  • Collaborative nature.
  • Clearly stated and aligned aims and or research questions.
  • Rigor, appropriateness, feasibility, and novelty of the proposed methods.
  • Contribution to knowledge in sport, exercise, and or performance psychology.
  • Planned impact within and beyond academia.
  • Thoroughness.
  • Appropriateness and justification of the proposed budget.

E. Permitted Expenditure and Grant Timeframe

  • Awards will be paid to the lead investigator’s department or organization and can include but are not limited to equipment, hourly research assistance, and materials.
  • Budgets may not include indirect costs, salaries, travel to present the project findings, or equipment/sundries that are already available via the host institution/organization.
  • Grants are awarded for a one-year time frame beginning June 1. Funds will be released once evidence of ethical approval for the project has been received by the AASP.
  • Unspent balances will revert to AASP unless a written request for extension is submitted six weeks prior to grant expiration, and is approved by the Research Development Committee.
  • Unreasonable failure to complete the project may require reimbursement.

F. Obligations

  • Recipients must receive institutional ethical approval for the proposed research. Funds will be released once evidence of this approval has been received by AASP.
  • Recipients must submit a budget statement and summary of progress (less than 500 words) within three months of the end of the funding period. If the grant is not managed through the host institution’s/organization’s grants office, copies of receipts must be provided along with the final budget statement.
  • An abstract of the completed work will be submitted for consideration at the first eligible AASP conference that follows the completion of the grant.
  • Any publication(s) resulting from the grant should acknowledge the funding from AASP (e.g., “This project was supported by a Research Collaboration Grant from the AASP”)

*The 2020 application period has closed as of April 1, 2020.
>> Click here to access the 2020 AASP Collaborative Research Grant Application

Other information:

This grant application is to be submitted via Google Form. We recommend having all of your responses prepared prior to beginning the application in a locally saved Word document, and then copying the information in when you are ready to submit. Follow through the form and complete all required items as well as any other relevant or necessary information. The appendices (Human Subjects Approval, Consent Form, and CVs) should be submitted by uploading PDFs to the Google Form. You will not be able to save an incomplete application and return to it; however, in the event that you don't know the answer to a question, you may enter some text as a placeholder, and then you will have the opportunity to make any edits after initially submitting the complete application. Please note that all applications will be considered final at the time of the deadline. Contact emily@hollandparlette.com if you have questions.