NCA Research Cultivation Grants


The application deadline has now passed.


The Research Cultivation Grant (RCG) supports NCA’s mission to “foster professional success in research.” The specific goal of the RCG is to facilitate first-time grant-seeking for those without prior grant experience and/or those desiring to build a foundation for future grant pursuits. In this sense, RCG is a grant-seeding program with both short-term and long-term promise. RCG-funded projects will be those proposing innovative research (such as understudied domains, novel or creative methodologies), internationalization (focused on historically marginalized groups in non-U.S. contexts, for example), and/or engaged scholarship (such as research mobilized in non-academic contexts of pressing social, civic, and ethical concerns, or that translates communication theory into practice).

Applicants may seek support up to $15,000. Preference will be given to applications exhibiting the following:

  1. Projects that will achieve scholarly excellence.
  2. Projects that have no extramural funding.
  3. External funding refers to research funding received as the principal or co-principal investigators outside home institution.
  4. Project investigators that have no history of receiving external funding as principal or co-principal investigators.
  5. Projects that foster collaborations.

Proposals will be evaluated by the NCA Research Council. Applications are due no later than October 1, 2021 for awards given in 2022. 

  1. Principal Investigators must be NCA members at the time of submission.
  2. Officers, directors, trustees (the Legislative Assembly and its Executive Committee), key employees, substantial contributors or employees thereof, or grant selection committee members are not eligible to receive grants from NCA.
  3. Funding expenses must be directly related to the conduct of the research. Funding cannot be used for: conference travel or events, faculty salary, open access fees, computers and hardware for routine tasks like managing and tabulating data, writing or editing documents or manuscript preparation, construction and remodeling of facilities, subscriptions to journals.
  4. NCA will pay up to 10 percent of indirect costs, but the total funding amount, including both direct and indirect costs, cannot exceed the $15,000 funding limit.
  5. Funds are disbursed to identified fiscal agents, not to individuals.
  6. Funding can be used for travel that is essential for conducting the research, participant compensation, human subject approval fees (only if required), equipment essential for research, project computer time, programming services, and software essential to the project.
  7. Undergraduate and graduate appointments must be on an hourly basis.
  8. Applicants are required to hold a terminal degree.
  1. All proposals should include the following via the funding request form:

A.    A detailed description of the proposed project, which includes answers to the following questions:

  • What do you propose to investigate?
  • How is your project innovative and/or focused on innovation, internationalization, and/or engaged scholarship?
  • Why is this an important project?
  • How does this project align with NCA’s mission?
  • Which methods, models, theories, or ideologies inform the proposed project?
  • If applicable, what tangible deliverables will result from this project?
  • How will this grant advance your program of research?

B.    A detailed budget, including rationale for each expense.

C.    A CV for each Principal Investigator that is no longer than three pages and includes full name, contact information, and institutional affiliation.

  1. The funding request form describes the NCA Assessment Protocols as well as requirements regarding Promotional Activities and Sponsorship Acknowledgment. All grantees are required to meet these obligations.
  2. All applicants are expected to check with their home institution regarding the rules and regulations involved with accepting grants to be sure applicants follow acceptable practice for their institution and state. NCA recommends that you share the protocol for assessment, reporting, and promotional activities as outlined in the funding request form with your grant officer before applying.
  3. Awardees will be expected to present their research resulting from this grant funding on a panel sponsored by the Research Council at the NCA conference.
  4. All scholars funded through this grant are required to include acknowledgement of support by NCA in any publications or presentation resulting from the RCG.

Any questions should be directed to LaKesha Anderson, NCA Director of Academic and Professional Affairs, at