Research Grants

Thank you for your interest in the NATA Research & Education Foundation Research Grant Programs. The NATA Foundation leadership is pleased to offer programs that offers financial support for research. We are excited about the tremendous potential for growth in our profession that will come from your efforts.

Each year, the NATA Foundation provides funds for exceptional research projects submitted to both the Professional Research Grant Program and the Student Research Grant Program. Grant proposals for the Professional Grant Program (e.g., General, New Investigator, any specific Requests for Proposals (RFPs) that have been issued) are solicited through a pre-proposal process. Pre-proposals are not required for the Student Grant Program. Additional information on each of the programs can be found below.

If you are interested in advancing the AT profession by sponsoring a research grant, please visit our support page.

NEW Pre-Proposal Submission Dates:
Call for pre-proposals for the 2022 funding cycle will be August 1 – September 1, 2021. 

Full Proposal Submissions for invited pre-proposals and all Student Grant Proposals are due February 15, annually.

Questions?  Please contact Kathryn LaLonde, Programs & Projects Coordinator:
kathrynl@nata.org or 972-532-8814 

PROFESSIONAL GRANTS PROGRAM
STUDENT GRANTS PROGRAM
Research Committee Review Process

Professional Grants Program Information (PDF)

Current funding amounts for the 2021-22 grant cycle are as follows:

Proposal Category Direct Cost Limit Indirect Cost Rate Study Period
General $50,000 15% 3 years
New Investigator $20,000 15% 3 years
LGBTQ+ Grant $5,000 Not Allowed 3 years

Eligibility Requirements

General Grant Category:
Any health care professional, researcher, or educator may apply for a research grant. However either the Primary Investigator, or Co-Primary Investigator must be a BOC certified athletic trainer, a member of the NATA, and hold an NPI number.

New Investigator Grant Category:
Principal Investigator (PI) must be a current NATA member and BOC certified athletic trainer in good standing, and hold an NPI number.

PI has not received a single research/project grant greater than $50,000 (total costs) (PI or Co-PI) (If you have questions about your eligibility then contact the chair of the research committee)

PI must hold the academic rank no higher than assistant professor at the time of original submission or re-submission

LGBTQ+ AC RFP:
Any health care professional, researcher, or educator may apply for this grant. However, either the Primary Investigator, or Co-Primary Investigator must be a BOC certified athletic trainer, a member of the NATA, and hold an NPI number. The grant applicant must be the individual whose research project is to be supported by the requested funding. Proposals should meet the goals of the LGBTQ+ AC mission.
Please see the LGBTQ+ RFP tab below for additional details on proposal requirements.

Pre-Proposal Submissions

Pre-Proposal Applications open August 1 and close September 1 each year.

The NATA Foundation requires investigators interested in submitting a grant application to the NATA Foundation to first submit a “pre-proposal”. The purpose of the pre-proposal is to optimize the time invested by investigators and by the NATA Foundation Research Committee in writing and reviewing grant proposals, respectively. The pre-proposal allows the Research Committee to evaluate whether or not the proposed research project is a potential candidate for funding. Based on this evaluation, the committee will be extending invitations for the submission of a full proposal or indicate that the proposed project is not of interest. An invitation to submit a full proposal does not imply a commitment to funding. It does, however, indicate that the general approach to be taken to achieve the aim(s) is appropriate to achieve the project's objective(s) and a level of enthusiasm for the proposed research is an area of potential importance to the NATA Foundation so as to warrant a full application

After a pre-proposal is accepted, the author is invited to submit a full proposal by the February 15 application deadline. Requests to extend this timeline may be considered under special circumstances. Failure to submit a full proposal in the same grant cycle will require that a new pre-proposal be submitted. Any commitment to funding may occur only after a detailed review of the full proposal by the Research Committee and formal approval of the project by the NATA Foundation Board of Directors. If the proposed project is not of interest to the NATA Foundation, the committee will provide a brief notice indicating the general category of reason(s). Due to the large volume of pre-proposals submitted, detailed feedback will not be provided.

Full Proposal Submissions

A full grant application may be submitted only after a pre-proposal has been approved. Full proposals must be completed according to the NATA Foundation Proposal Instructions found below.

The submission deadline for all full proposals is February 15 annually.

All documents, disclosures, and signatures related to this proposal are submitted electronically via the NATA Application Manager website. If you are a NATA member, you will use your nata.org login credentials for access to the site.

LGBTQ+ AC RFP

LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee Request for Proposals

The NATA Research and Education Foundation provides funding to support research grants designed to support research on the health of LGBTQIA+ populations. In a collaborative effort, the NATA LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee and the NATA Research and Education Foundation have dedicated funds for this initiative. Applicants’ proposals should align with the LGBTQ+ AC mission: “The mission of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee (LGBTQ+AC) is to advocate for an environment of inclusion, respect, equity and appreciation of differences in both athletic trainers and their diverse patient populations. The committee will identify, explore, address and provide educational resources regarding emerging topics and concerns relevant to diverse sexualities, gender identities and gender expressions within the profession and health care topics affecting patients in the LGBTQIA+ community.”

Examples of research that will be considered may include but are not limited to:

  • Psychological issues of importance to LGBTQIA+ individuals, patients, or communities
  • Research that addresses transgender heath care needs in athletic healthcare,
  • Research to increase the understanding of ways to alleviate the stress that LGBTQIA+ populations experience within the athletic healthcare environment
  • Research describing the biological, clinical, behavioral, and social processes that affect the health and development among LGBTQIA+ populations
  • Development of effective supportive, preventive and treatment interventions and health service delivery methods that will enhance the health and development of the LGBTQIA+ populations
  • Health outcomes of LGBTQIA+ populations
  • Public health issues in LGBTQIA+ populations, including mental and physical health, health behaviors, well-being, minority stress, and resilience and coping in the athletic training profession, or LGBTQIA+ youth including safe spaces

Pre-Proposal Submission Instructions

Proposal Submission Instructions

Budget Table Template

Biosketch Template

Grant Information Summary Report Instructions

Final Grant Report Instructions

No Cost Extension Request Form

Current funding amounts are as follows:

Proposal Category Direct Cost Limit Indirect Cost Rate Study Period
Doctoral $2,500 Not Allowed 1 year
Masters $1,000 Not Allowed 1 year

Grant awards are limited to a maximum of $2,500 in direct costs for the doctoral category and $1,000 for the master’s category, over no more than Please note that a two year funding period is allowed. However, the project timeline must reflect the completion of all study activities except for dissemination of resultes, by the end of Year 1. Only costs associated for travel to the NATA annual meeting to present results are allowed in Year 2.

Multiple awards are given each year in both categories. These awards are a flat amount with no indirect costs allowed. Awardees will be required to submit their findings at a future NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia.

Eligibility Requirements

Doctoral Grant Category:
The grant applicant must be the individual whose research project is to be supported by the requested funding. They must:

  • Be a doctoral student at the institution where the research is to be performed
  • Have a doctoral student status for the duration of all study activities except for the dissemination of the project results.
  • Assume personal responsibility for conducting the research proposed in an ethical manner
  • Certify that they prepared the application and had primary responsibility for writing the proposal
  • Be a member of NATA at the time of submitting an application for funding

Masters Grant Category:
The grant applicant must be the individual whose research project is to be supported by the requested funding. They must:

  • Be a masters student at the institution where the research is to be performed
  • Have masters student status for the duration of all study activities except for the dissemination of the project results.
  • Assume personal responsibility for conducting the research proposed in an ethical manner
  • Certify that they prepared the application and had primary responsibility for writing the proposal
  • Be a member of NATA at the time of submitting an application for

Full Proposal Submissions

Proposals must be completed according to the NATA Foundation Student Grant Program instructions below.

Student Grant Applications open January 1 and are due February 15th annually (no pre-proposal is necessary).

All documents, disclosures, and signatures related to this proposal are submitted electronically via the NATA Application Manager website. If you are a NATA member, you will use your nata.org login credentials for access to the site.

Doctoral Grant Proposal Instructions

Biosketch Template

Budget Table Template

Faculty Advisor & Institutional Official Form

No Cost Extension Request Form

Grant Information Summary Report Packet

Final Grant Report Instructions