Spring 2018 Athletics Research Grant Program

ATTENTION: The Director of Research, Roberto Rentería, will be holding office hours at the Tempe Graduate Student Center from 2:30-4:30PM on Mondays (beginning Jan 5th) during the Spring 2018 semesters to answer applicant questions about all GPSA research grant programs. You will be able visit him if you have questions about the application requirements or application process.



The Sun Devil Athletics Operations Board and GPSA are pleased to announce the continuation of the 2018 Athletics Research Grant Program. The program’s goals are:

  1. to promote excellence in student research that will benefit the Arizona State University (ASU) community in a meaningful way;
  2. to provide financial support for research projects that support the successful completion of research required for undergraduate and graduate degrees;
  3. to build ASU’s reputation as a leading research institution.

The Sun Devil Athletics Operations Board invites both undergraduate and graduate research proposals broadly focused on athletic related research endeavors. Research topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Concussion and traumatic brain injury awareness
  • Improving nutrition, physical health, and well-being for college athletes
  • Issues around diversity and inclusion within intercollegiate athletics
  • Sports media and public discourse
  • College student athlete development and support
  • Athletic Administration (Marketing, Stadium Design, Event Management, etc.)


To be eligible for funding, the applicant must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at Arizona State University at the time of application and for the specified one-year funding period. Completed studies are not eligible to receive funding.

Award Details:

Grant awards are designed to provide two levels of reimbursable financial support: terminal ($3,500) and independent research ($1,500). Terminal research is considered as an honors thesis, master’s thesis, or dissertation. Furthermore, only one award may be granted per degree (i.e., an applicant may not receive a terminal research grant for his/her thesis or dissertation more than once, however s/he may receive the $3,500 terminal research award for both a thesis project and also a dissertation project).

Although many independent research projects are carried out in collaboration with other individuals, this grant will only fund one person per project. That is, no two students collaborating on the same project will be awarded $1,500 individually.

All research endeavors must be approved by the student’s dissertation/thesis chair (terminal research), or advisor (independent research).

The research is expected to culminate 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 project within one year of receiving the grant.

Eligible Expenses:

Research expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • Participation Awards (maximum $25.00 per participant per session, not to exceed $100 to participant in a calendar year; only cash equivalents are acceptable [e.g. gift cards, etc.])
  • Equipment rental
  • Materials and supplies
  • Professional services for data analysis, typing, transcription, or copying
  • Travel to research facilities to collect pertinent data or conduct research
  • Per diem (meals) while in travel status
  • Statistical analysis software

Please contact gpsa.research@gmail.com or ask a question in the Research Grants section of the GPSA Forum for any questions regarding eligible expenses.

Prohibited Expenses:

The Athletics Research Grant will not reimburse the following:

  1. Cash incentives
  2. Equipment purchase (no laptops, no camera, etc.)
  3. Purchase cost of a transaction greater than or equal to $1,000
  4. Tuition or remuneration of time spent on project
  5. Lodging for 30 days or more
  6. Terminal publication charges (e.g., binding/printing of thesis or dissertation)
  7. Final project expenses (i.e., printing, editing, translation, etc.)
  8. Salaries and wages for research assistants, ASU affiliates or employees
  9. Conference travel (only applicable to undergraduate students)

Application Deadlines:

Spring 2018 Semester Competition

Online application available:  Thursday, August 17, 2017
Applications due: Saturday, February 3, 2018, by 11:59 PM AZ time
Awards announced: Mid-March, 2018

Receipts for reimbursement due: TBA

In order to submit an Athletics Research Grant, apply HERE! You can save and return to your application at later date.

Ensure that all materials have been submitted by the above deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered (no exceptions). Contact the Director of Research at gpsa.research@gmail.com or ask a question in the Research Grants section of the GPSA Forum if you have questions regarding the submission process.

If you do not receive notification of your awards within the time-frame specified above, it is your obligation to inquire as to the status of your application.

Selection Criteria

  • Significant and meritorious research focus
  • Sound research methodology
  • An appropriate and fully justified budget
  • Benefit to the ASU Community
  • Feasible project objectives given the one-year grant period, as defined as one year from receiving the grant funding (e.g. recipients of the award in Spring 2015, will have until May 2016 to complete the grant).

When reviewing the proposals and submitted documentation, the review panel will consider the following questions:

  1. Is the student’s research question clearly defined?
  2. Has the student clearly described the literature that already exists on this topic?
  3. How does the methodology relate specifically to the research question?
  4. Is there a high likelihood that the study can be carried out as designed?
  5. Does the analytic plan fit the question and the data?
  6. Is the applicant qualified to successfully carry out the proposed study?
  7. Will this study contribute to the field and the ASU Community?

Grant Decisions

The GPSA Graduate Peer Reviewers will conduct an initial review of all proposals to ensure they meet the submission requirements. Application scores that meet the requirements will then be reviewed by the Research Grant Committee, which is comprised of athletics administrators and graduate students.

The Research Grant Committee will make final funding decisions, and applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by mid March 2018. Reviewer comments will be made available to interested applicants after the grant recipients are chosen.

Awardees’ Responsibilities

Funded grant recipients will:

  1. Be responsible for bringing project to completion within stated time period.
  2. Ensure appropriate expenditure of funds.
  3. Provide a final report on outcome of project.
  4. Acknowledge in any public presentation and publication of the results, the support provided by the Arizona State University Sun Devil Athletics Department.
  5. Be expected to present research in a forum during Graduate Appreciation Week.
  6. Be expected to serve as a future peer reviewer (only applicable to graduate student recipients).

Integrity Disclaimer:

Please note that all applicants for any GPSA program must submit their own unique, individual applications to all GPSA-funded programs. Students are not permitted to take any portion of content from prior student awardees for any reason whatsoever. Any student caught using the work (in any portion) from another student or copying their own material from a prior application will be considered in violation of GPSA’s policy. Such action will prohibit the student in question from being eligible for the current application in consideration, and may inhibit eligibility for future GPSA funding applications. In summary, each application must be your own original work.
Given that we are a student entity within Arizona State University, GPSA mandates that all students act within the university’s academic integrity policy found HERE.



A complete application must be submitted on ZoomGrants.

Questions included focus on the projects methodology, anticipated problems, significance/project focus, budget, interdisciplinary clarity, and most importantly, the impact of the work on ASU Athletics/Athletic Administration. A resume (WITHOUT the student’s name) is also required.

Application Instructions are included below.

By submission of an application, the applicant agrees that they have read and agreed to all the rules of the program and that the information on the application is true and complete to the best of the applicant’s knowledge.

How to Submit an Athletics Research Grant Application in ZoomGrants:

  1. Applicants must review all program guidelines and instructions.
  2. Once you have reviewed the program guidelines, you may start your Athletics Research Grant application. To do so, you will need to create an applicant profile in GPSA’s ZoomGrants application site.

First Time Users:

Click here to create a new profile in ZoomGrants

  • On the right side of the page, you will see an area called “New ZoomGrants Account” – Enter in your information and make sure to choose an email you want associated with your applicant profile.
  • You can use the same user profile for applying to any GPSA Travel or Research grant program.
  • You will only need to create a profile once.

Note: For students who are also serving as reviewers (judges):

  • If you have a ZoomGrants judge profile from reviewing for a competition, but have never created a regular user profile, you will need to create a separate user/applicant profile with a unique email address in order to apply for a grant.

How to Start a New Application in ZoomGrants:

  • To start a new application, select the GPSA Research Grant Programs from the menu of open programs and then select ‘APPLY’. You will see this listed under the “Open Programs” section of the ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association Page. Make sure to select “Athletics Research Grant.”

You must be on GPSA’s ZoomGrants page to start and submit an application. You can only locate this page via this direct ZoomGrants link.

  • Applicants must complete and submit a ZoomGrants application before the submission deadline (see guidelines for specific dates and times.)
  • Please note you MUST remove your name from your CV/Resume when submitting your application, as this is a double-blind review process.
  • Applicants should ensure that their budget is complete and fully justified.
  • Applications that are incomplete or are not submitted in accordance with the program guidelines will not be considered for this award.


Your application may be revised and edited on ZoomGrants until it is submitted. To edit a started application or begin a new application with an existing profile, please follow the steps listed above.

Confirm you have completed all of the steps below:

Step 1: Start a new application in ZoomGrants (First-time users must create a profile)

Step 2: Make sure to the select the appropriate program you are applying for (Athletics Research Grant).

Step 3: Answer all of the application questions on ZoomGrants.

Step 4: Upload your CV/resume. Please note you MUST remove your name from your CV/Resume when submitting your application, as this is a double-blind review process.

Step 5: Review and Submit your application by the appropriate deadline

You should receive an email confirmation that your application was submitted. You should receive an email from notices@zoomgrants.com. Please make sure to safe-list this email so notifications do not go to your spam folder.

Make sure to remove any mention of your name from your CV to ensure a blind review. This includes at the top of the CV as well as within publications. You may replace your name in publications with ‘Author.’ 


Travel and Research Grant Frequently Asked Questions

Research and Travel Grants sections of the GPSA Forum



Please refer any questions about your application or this grant program to the Director of Graduate Research or the Vice President of Internal Affairs at gpsa.research@gmail.com or ask a question in the Research Grants section of the GPSA Forum


Arizona State University

Graduate & Professional Student Association

Associated Students of Arizona State University

P.O. Box 873402

Tempe, AZ 85287-3402


Past Athletics Research Grant Recipients

Please select an award year: 2015-2016 2014-2015