The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes. Through its research unit, the NCAA conducts national research for its members on a wide variety of topics, including academic performance, student-athlete well-being, finances of intercollegiate athletics programs, gender-equity and diversity issues, and many others.
The NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program supports research and data-driven pilot programs designed to enhance student-athlete psychosocial well-being and mental health. In 2018, the program will award grants of up to $25,000 in grants to member institutions that are piloting on-campus programs designed to enhance the well-being of NCAA student-athletes. Potential topics include but are not limited to managing transitions (e.g., from recruit to first-year student; transferring between universities; adapting from youth sports to a college sports environment; developing independence from parents), identity development, stress management, substance use, bystander intervention, cultivating healthy relationships, career exploration, and sport exit strategies.
Grant recipients will be invited to present their pilot programs to hundreds of key stakeholders in intercollegiate athletics in January 2019 at the NCAA Convention in Orlando, Florida.
To be eligible, project directors must be affiliated with an NCAA institution. Interdisciplinary proposals bringing together athletics department administrators, coaches, student affairs practitioners, and faculty are strongly encouraged.
See the NCAA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.