NSCA Foundation Grants
  • NSCA Foundation Grants
    The NSCA Foundation (NSCAF) awards hundreds of thousands in research grant dollars each year to outstanding individuals within the strength and conditioning community. The NSCAF is one of the few foundations that fund research for master’s degree students and across all levels of education and experience up to senior investigators, as well as one of the few sources that funds work in the strength and conditioning field. Further your research, education and career through the support of the NSCAF. Grants are supported in part by GNC.
  • General Grant Eligibility Requirements

    Grant applications will be accepted from November 1, 2017 to March 15, 2018.

    Grant Application 

    Notification of awards will be made no later than July 2018 

    Applicants for student research grants must have graduate student status during the term of the grant to be considered for funding. At the time of application, student applicants must be a member of the NSCA and all faculty co-investigators and applicants must have maintained continuous NSCA membership for at least one year prior to the grant application deadline as verified by the NSCA office.

    Grants are open to all student or professional members of the NSCA. Applicants are not eligible to receive more than one grant in any given year; however, applications can be made to more than one program in any given year as long as they are different projects.

    Two or more grant applications with similar titles and methodology submitted by investigators affiliated with the same research laboratory or by the same individual to different programs will be disqualified. Members of the NSCAF Board of Directors, members of the Grant Review Committee, and members of the NSCA Board of Directors are ineligible to receive grant awards during their term of service. Applicants are only eligible to win each award twice and any further applications will not be accepted for that program from the applicant. In addition, NSCA employees and their families are ineligible to receive financial awards.

    All grant applications must be submitted by the deadline. No scanned and emailed applications will be accepted. All applications must be submitted using the online grant submission website.

    Available Grants


    GNC® Nutritional Research Grant

    GNC® sponsors this nutrition-based research grant in the amount of $2,500 (indirect, overhead, travel, or salary costs are not supported). The purpose of the project must fall within the mission of the NSCA. One grant will be awarded.

    Specific Requirements:
    1. Completed Application.
    2. Research must be related to sports nutrition.  
    3. Purpose and scope must fall within the mission of the NSCA. 
    4. Faculty applying must have concurrent NSCA membership for one year prior to date of application submission.
    5. Student applying must be a member of the NSCA.
        a. Student applicants require a co-investigator.
        b. Co-investigator must have concurrent NSCA membership for one year prior to date of application submission.
    6. Applicant has not won this award twice previously.  
    7. Is not a current member of the NSCA Foundation Board of Directors, Scholarship Review Committee, NSCA Board of Directors, NSCA Employee or employee's family member.

    Graduate Research Grant - Master's or Doctoral

    This grant program funds Graduate research in strength and conditioning that is consistent with the mission of the NSCA. Graduate Research Grants are awarded at the Master’s and Doctoral level and require that a Graduate faculty member serve as co-investigator. Please indicate clearly which Graduate research grant is being applied for (Master’s or Doctoral). Master’s Student Research Grant proposals are not to exceed $7,500 (indirect costs, travel, and salary are not supported). Eligible candidates must be actively pursuing their Master's degree at the time of application. Doctoral Student Research Grant proposals are not to exceed $15,000 (indirect costs, travel, and salary are not supported). Eligible candidates must be actively pursuing their Doctoral degree at the time of application, which may include ABD status. Applicants for student research grants must have graduate student status during the term of the grant to be considered for funding. At the time of the application deadline, student applicants must be a member of the NSCA. All designated faculty mentors must have maintained continuous NSCA membership for at least one year prior to the grant application deadline as verified by the NSCA office.  

    Specific Requirements:
    1. Completed Application.
    2. Graduate student applying must be a member of the NSCA. 
        a. Student applicants require a faculty co-investigator.
        b. Student must be pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree corresponding to the submitted application.
        c. Student's course studies must be related to the field of strength and conditioning.
    3. A co-investigator is required for this application.
        a. Co-investigator must have concurrent NSCA membership for one year prior to date of application submission.
        b. Co-investigator must be a graduate faculty member. 
    4. Purpose and scope must fall within the mission of the NSCA.
    5. Applicant has not won this award twice previously.
    6. Is not a current member of the NSCA Foundation Board of Directors, Grant Review Committee, NSCA Board of Directors, NSCA employee or employee's family member.

    Young Investigator Grant

    This grant program funds individuals employed by nonprofit research organizations (higher education institutions, research institutes, hospitals, or other recognized independent research organizations) who are within seven (7) years from conferral of their Doctorate degree (PhD, MD degree, or equivalent). The purpose and specific aims of the research project must be consistent with the mission of the NSCA. Applicants must have been a continuous NSCA Member at least one year prior to the application deadline as verified by the NSCA office. The maximum award is $20,000 plus indirect costs at a rate of up to 20% (travel and salary are not supported).  

    Specific Requirements:
    1. Completed Application.
    2. Individual must have concurrent NSCA membership for one year prior to date of application submission.
        a. Individual is within 7 years from receiving their Doctoral degree.
    3. Purpose and scope must fall within the mission of the NSCA.
    4. Applicant has not won this award twice previously.
    5. Is not a current member of the NSCA Foundation Board of Directors, Grant Review Committee, NSCA Board of Directors, NSCA employee or employee's family member. 

    Senior Investigator Grant

    This grant program funds individuals employed full-time by nonprofit research organizations (higher education institutions, research institutes, hospitals, or other recognized independent research organizations) who are more than (7) years from conferral of their Doctorate degree (PhD, MD degree, or equivalent). The purpose and specific aims of the research project must be consistent with the mission of the NSCA. General eligibility requirements state that all applicants to this program must have maintained continuous NSCA Membership for a period of no less than five years prior to the application deadline. The maximum award is $30,000 plus indirect costs at a rate of up to 20% (travel and salary are not supported).

    Specific Requirements:
    1. Completed Application.
    2. Individual must have concurrent NSCA membership for five years prior to date of application submission.
        a. Individual is more than 7 years from receiving their Doctoral degree.
    3. Purpose and scope must fall within the mission of the NSCA.
    4. Applicant has not won this award twice previously.
    5. Is not a current member of the NSCA Foundation Board of Directors, Grant Review Committee, NSCA Board of Directors, NSCA employee or employee's family member. 

    International Collaboration Grant

    This grant program was established to solicit creative proposals to facilitate collaboration between a United States-based colleague and an international colleague. The principal investigator (US or International) must be an NSCA Member in good standing for at least five consecutive years prior to application deadline as verified by the NSCA office. Current NSCA Membership is not a requirement for the co-investigator. Applicants can apply to visit one or multiple international colleagues or propose to host one or multiple international colleagues in support of the proposed project. A total of $50,000 will be made available from this program each year with no predetermined limit on the number of awards to be made annually. This award is the only NSCA grant which will provide for travel expenses directly related to the activity including transportation (e.g., airfare, train, automobile, etc.), lodging, per diem, local travel, and other expenses directly related to the proposed activity, in addition to the necessary expenses to complete the proposed research project. Travel expenses are to be limited to 50% of total budgeted costs but cannot exceed $12,500. No salary or indirect costs will be supported by this grant. All individuals, regardless of rank or affiliation, are eligible to apply. Renewable term or individuals in postdoctoral positions are not eligible.

    Specific Requirements:
    1. Completed Application.
    2. Principal investigator (US or International) must have concurrent NSCA membership for five years prior to the date of application submission. 
    3. Purpose and scope must fall within the mission of the NSCA. 
    4. Applicant has not won this award twice previously.
    5. Applicants in postdoctoral positions are not eligible. 
    6. Is not a current member of the NSCA Foundation Board of Directors, Grant Review Committee, NSCA Board of Directors, NSCA employee or employee's family member. 

    Eleiko Equipment Grant

    Eleiko Sport USA is the Leading Provider of Professional Equipment for Strength and Conditioning, Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Professional Fitness. The Eleiko Equipment Grant was established to assist recently established inner city schools with weightlifting clubs access to the best equipment in the world. Eleiko will provide (1) $15,000 equipment grant of strength and conditioning equipment at wholesale pricing. Members of the Board of Directors, Grant Review Committee, NSCA and NSCAF employees and their families are not eligible to receive this grant.

    Items judged by the NSCAF Review Committee for each application include:
    1. Program Type 
    2. Program History
    3. Coaches Information/Qualifications
    4. Facility Information
    5. Demographic Information
    6. 
    Funding Sources/Financials

    Requirements:
    1. All applicants must be NSCA Members at the application deadline (on or before March 15, 2018)

    Application Dates
    November 1, 2017 - March 15, 2018

    Coaching Advancement Grant

    The NSCA Foundation and the official governing body of Weightlifting under the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Weightlifting, have partnered together and established the Coaching Advancement Grant. The grant will be available to current NSCA Members who are NOT yet certified by the NSCA in any form and those who are currently USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coaches looking to advance their education. The grant will cover the recipient to take their CSCS, CSPS, CPT or TSAC (1 certification only), and a USA Weightlifting Level 2 Course. Members of the Board of Directors, Grant Review Committee, NSCA and NSCAF employees and their families are not eligible to receive this grant.

    Items judged by the NSCAF Review Committee for each application include:
    1. Program Type 
    2. Program History
    3. Coaches Information/Qualifications
    4. Facility Information
    5. Program 
    Funding Sources/Financials

    Requirements:
    1. All applicants must be NSCA Members at the application deadline (on or before March 15, 2018)
    2. Current USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach (in good standing) at the application deadline (on or before March 15, 2018)

    Application Dates
    November 1, 2017 - March 15, 2018