Wednesday, February 13, 2013

CFP: 2013 NCAA Research Committee Grant Program

NCAA Research Committee
2013 Graduate Student Research Grant Program
Call for Proposals
The NCAA Research Committee is pleased to announce the 2013 NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Program. The program's goals are: (1) to stimulate research on college athletics; (2) to foster contributions to the empirical research on college athletics; (3) to provide financial support to graduate students interested in engaging in high-quality research related to college athletics, and (4) to assist NCAA-member institutions and the general public in gaining access to new, outstanding research in this field.
The NCAA Research Committee invites research proposals within the general topic areas of student-athlete well-being and college athletics participation. Graduate students studying topics of specific interest to the NCAA and its membership, while demonstrating the competencies necessary to successfully complete the proposed study, will receive the highest consideration.

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
• The impact of participation in intercollegiate athletics on the academic or social experiences of student-athletes;
• Best practices for academic support of student-athletes;
• The relationship between athletics time demands and academic success;
• Student-athlete integration into the campus community;
• Finances of intercollegiate athletics;
• Student-athlete satisfaction with the college experience;
• Diversity and inclusion issues in intercollegiate athletics;
• Analytic philosophical/historicalaccounts of intercollegiate athletics; and
• Student-athlete health and safety issues.

Award Details
The research grant is set at a maximum of $7,500 for one-year projects. Total funding will be provided upon approval of the proposal. In most cases, awardees may choose whether to have funds sent directly to them or to their institutions. Institutions may not charge indirect costs. Grant recipients will be provided with an expense paid trip to the annual NCAA Research Committee meeting to present their research proposal and will have the opportunity to interact with and receive feedback from the committee and NCAA staff members. The research is expected to be culminated in an article suitable for publication in a scholarly journal, or in a completed master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. Recipients will also be expected to submit a brief summary of the research that is suitable for publication on the NCAA website and/or the NCAA Champion magazine in addition to a final paper.

Research grants are available for graduate students only and are intended to support the student while conducting research to be used for a doctoral dissertation, master’s thesis, or external publication in a scholarly journal. To be eligible for funding, students must be enrolled in graduate school at an NCAA member institution.

Submission Rules & Deadline
All grant materials should be electronically submitted via email with the subject line ‘Grant Submission’ and all materials attached in PDF form. Please submit materials to Dr. Tiese Roxbury ( by August 11, 2013 by 11:59p.m.
It is preferred that letters of reference be included with the application materials and sent as a package. However, letters will be accepted separately if received by the submission deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact Tiese Roxbury, 317-917-6811 or, if you have questions regarding the submission process.

Application Requirements
All submissions for 2013 NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant must include the following materials:
1. Proposal. The research proposal should not exceed eight double-spaced pages (not including references) and should be structured as follows:
a. Title Page. Include the research study title, name and institution of principal investigator(s).
b. Abstract. (250 word maximum). The abstract should be a brief summary of the proposal’s key points.
c. Introduction. Introduce the issues/theories/programs to be addressed by your research, including the study’s research questions. Be sure to include the rationale for the study.
d. Literature Review. Provide a summary of literature that is relevant to the current study.
e. Methodology. Describe the research methodology. Be sure to address the research questions and include information about the research design, data collection, sample/subject selection, instruments/protocols, and data analysis.
f. Significance/Potential Implications. Discuss the significance of the research and the practical application to the field and to the NCAA.
g. References.
2. Timeline. List the beginning and termination dates for the proposed research. A list of the projected dates of completion of major milestones in the progress of proposed research should be included. This list must include a date for submission of the final report.
3. Brief Outline of Budget. Prospective grant recipients must provide justification for how funds will be used in the research project. The line item budget should not total more than the maximum award amount, $7,500. Funds may be used to provide tuition relief.
4. Copies of any survey instruments or other written materials that will be used in the study.
5. Graduate Transcript. Please provide the most current transcript from your graduate program.
6. Resume/Curriculum Vitae. Please attach your resume or curriculum vitae.
7. Reference Letters. A minimum of two reference letters from graduate advisors or others who can speak to the specifics of the research proposal must be provided.
8. Human Participants Certification. If this research involves the use of human participants, certification must be provided that this proposal has been or is in the process of being reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or human subjects committee of the originating institution, in compliance with Department of Health and Human Services policy on protection of human subjects. Funds will not be released until human participants approval has been granted for the proposed study.

Selection Criteria
Each proposal will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. The importance of the topic to the field and to the NCAA;
2. The strength of the methodological approach;
3. The appropriateness of proposed analyses;
4. The contribution to literature or ability to produce new knowledge;
5. The acceptability of the proposed budget; and
6. The ability of the principal investigator(s) to successfully complete the research.
When reviewing the proposals, the review panel will ascertain from the submitted documentation the answers to the following questions:
• Is the student’s research question clearly defined?
• What literature already exists on this topic?
• How does the methodology relate specifically to the research question?
• Is there a high likelihood that the study can be carried out as designed?
• Does the analytic plan fit the question and the data?
• Is the applicant qualified to carry out the proposed study?
• Will this study contribute to the field?
Grant recipients are encouraged to consult with the NCAA research staff regarding their proposed research prior to submitting a proposal.

Grant Decisions
The NCAA Research staff will conduct an initial review of all completed proposals to ensure they meet the submission requirements. Proposals that meet the requirements will then be reviewed by the NCAA Research Committee which is comprised of athletics administrators and faculty who collaborate with the NCAA research department staff to produce high-quality research on issues related to college athletics.
The NCAA Research Committee will make final funding decisions and applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by October 31, 2013. Reviewer comments will be made available to interested applicants after the grant recipients are chosen.

Grant Recipients
2007 Grant Program Awards
In 2007, the Research Committee awarded four grants through the Graduate Student Research Grant Program:
• Predictors of Retirement Distress among Male Former Intercollegiate Athletics in Revenue Producing Sports, Mercedes Carswell, Michigan State University.
• Exploring the Relationship between Athletic Injury and Coaching Behavior, Sarah Halbert, Miami University.
• Perceptions of Stakeholder Salience and Dimensions of Influence for Campus Student Athlete Advisory Committees in Governance of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lori Hendricks, University of Michigan.
• A Chameleon on the Court: Understanding Factors that Contribute to Invisibility/Visibility for Division I Intercollegiate Gay-Athletes, Paul Tontz, University of Denver.

2008 Grant Program Awards
In 2008, the Research Committee awarded four grants through the Graduate Student Research Grant Program:
• Impact of Organizational Culture and Graduation Rates of NCAA Division I HBCU Athletes: A Case Study, Ralph Charlton, College of William and Mary.
• Predicting Academic Success for Student-Athletes: A Comparative Study, Tiese Roxbury, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
• Perception of “Others”: The Role of Heterosexism in the Decline of College Women Coaches, Amy Sandler, University of Nevada Las Vegas.
• Enhancing the Student-Athlete Experience: Understanding Sense of Community from a Student Athlete’s Perspective, Stacy Warner, University of Texas at Austin.

2009 Grant Program Awards
In 2009, the Research Committee awarded three grants through the Graduate Student Research Grant
• Faculty Senates Perceptions of College Athletics, Amber Falluca, University of South Carolina.
• The College Adjustment of African American Student-Athletes at Predominately White Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Sheriece Sadberry, University of Missouri, Columbia.
• Physical Self-Concept and Athletic Identity Among Former Collegiate Athletes: Examining the Influence Self, Jennifer Shannon, University of Missouri, Columbia.

2010 Grant Program Awards
In 2010, the Research Committee awarded three grants through the Graduate Student Research Grant Program:
• Black Male College Athletes: Capital and Educational Outcomes, Ginelle John, New York University.
• Exploring the Relationship Between Athletic Expenditures and Team On-Field Success, Willis Jones,Vanderbilt University.
• Examining the Role of Challenges, Resiliency, Leadership Self-Efficacy, Support and Feedback on Women Leaders in Intercollegiate Athletic Careers,Moe Machida, Michigan State University.

2011 Grant Program Awards
In 2011, the Research Committee awarded three grants through the Graduate Student Research Grant
• Crowding-Out Effects of Athletic Giving on Academic Giving at NCAA Division I, II, and III Institutions, Win Koo, University of Arkansas.
• What Matters to Student-Athletes in College Experiences, Yan Zhao, Boston College.
• Do Nice Guys Really Finish Last? Exploring the Relationships Between Ethical Conduct, Motivation, and Satisfaction in Academic and Athletic Domains, Mariya Yukhymenko, University of Connecticut.

2012 Grant Program Awards
In 2012, the Research Committee and the NCAA Health & Safety department awarded four grants through the Graduate Student Research Grant Program:
• Tweeting for Alma Mater: The Impact of Student-Athlete Accounts on Social Networking Sites, Mujde Yuksel, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
• Why Do Some Sickle Cell Carrier Athletes Suffer from Heat Illness?, Carroll Flansburg, University of South Florida.
• Institutional Concussion Education and Within Season Change in Concussion-Related Knowledge,Attitudes, and Behaviors on Male Collegiate Ice Hockey Teams, Emily Kroshus, Harvard University.
• Student-AthleteAttitudes Toward Seeking Mental-HealthHelp, RachelWahto, University of Alaska, Anchorage

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