Strategic Goal Grant

NASP is pleased to announce the allocation of non-recurring funds to support small grants for research addressing NASP's strategic goals. The committee intends to award one annual Strategic Goal Grant (SGG) in the amount of up to $5,000. (If no proposal within a submission cycle is evaluated as sufficiently meritorious by the reviewers, no grant will be awarded). Proposals may be submitted by any NASP regular or early career member who has not received extramural funding for the proposed project. Applicants must demonstrate that the project is a "new initiative," and not an extension of existing work. These grants are not intended to fund ongoing research initiatives. Projects supported by these awards must have a clear timeline and set of expected outcomes for the completion of the project.  


Any NASP regular or early career member is eligible to apply for the SGG program. (Student members are referred to our Graduate Student Research Grant program). The Principal Investigator (PI) must maintain current and active NASP membership for eligibility. Proposals may be co-authored, however, with a non-NASP member.  


  • Proposal submission deadline: Spring 2024
  • Notification of awards will be made within 90 days of the submission deadline.
  • All funds must be expended within the fiscal year (July-June) following receipt of funding from NASP ("project year"). Failure to complete the project and expend funds appropriately within the project year will result in the return of all or some portion of the award funds.
  • One extension of this deadline will be considered by the Research Committee, upon written request by the grant recipient, at least 60 days prior to the close of the project year.  

Use of Grant Funds

Grant recipients will receive up to $5,000 to be used for the approved research costs described in the proposal. These must be reasonable and necessary expenses directly associated with the procedures in the research study (e.g., recruitment, incentives, statistical software, measurement tools). Examples of restrictions include: salary, stipends, conference/travel expense, food or alcohol, overhead, etc.   

Responsibilities of Grantees

  • Recipient must submit a 1-2 page final report presenting a summary of project results and financial report of funds used. This final report and any unused funds are due to NASP and should be sent to the NASP Director of Research by June 30 of the project year.  Eligibility for future NASP grant awards will be contingent upon timely submission of a final report and return of the unused funds.
  • Recipient must submit a completed Form W-9 prior to release of funding.
  • Recipient agrees to submit research findings to a NASP publication outlet (e.g., NASP Research Reports, School Psychology Review, NASP Communiqué).
  • All resulting research articles should include a funding acknowledgement statement in the manuscript (e.g., This work was supported by the NASP Strategic Goal Grant program).

Proposal Review

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel consisting of 3 current members of the NASP Research Committee and 2 additional members of the NASP Board of Directors appointed by the NASP President. Therefore, proposals should be written such that they can be understood by individuals who are not experts in the applicant's exact area of study. Review criteria include the following:  

  1. Project's potential for having significant impact in addressing one or more NASP Strategic Goals.
  2. Methods and procedures that are appropriate to the project's stated goals and research questions.
  3. Feasibility of the study, including the proposed timeframe and plans for recruitment of research participants, if any.
  4. Likelihood that the proposed research can be completed during the 1-year budget period.
  5. Researcher's qualifications to implement the project, including a record of scholarship and publications that supports the researcher's capacity to bring the project to a successful conclusion.
  6. Evidence that the research project has met federal standards regarding research with human participants by submitting documentation of approval by their Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants (IRB).


Proposal Submission

Submissions should follow the SGG Application Format, including a cover page, project description, and abbreviated curriculum vitae. All submissions should be sent to Nicholas Affrunti, NASP Director of Research.