2021 NCACES Research Grant Awards
Call for Proposals
DEADLINE 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Thursday September 30, 2021

Purpose: The purpose for this call for proposals is to fund studies that increase understanding of the counselor education profession (including research, teaching, supervision, leadership and advocacy). Research grant awards will be mailed to awardees.

Submissions of award applications will be through an online portal located here:

Who May Apply:
The competition is open to both professional and student members of NCACES. The primary investigator must be an ACES/NCACES member at the time the application is submitted. Individuals may submit (or be part of a submission team) for only one proposal. Multiple submissions by any researcher (individually or as part of multiple research teams) will not be accepted.

A. Student (Masters or Doctoral)
B. Teams
• Student Teams
• Student and Faculty Teams
• Faculty Teams
C. Practitioner/Professional

Recommended Proposal Outline: Proposals must include the following headings:
Ethical considerations
Distribution of Results

Required Proposal Format:
• Typed in 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, with one-inch margins.
• The Proposal document may be a maximum of four pages. Attachments submitted as part of the proposal beyond the 4 page limit will not be reviewed by the committee.
• The “blind” title page and the title page with author identification do not count in the 4 page maximum
• References may be added in addition to the 4 page limit.
• Submitted documents must be in EITHER Microsoft Word or PDF. NO OTHER FORMAT WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Deadlines and Reminders

Deadline for Submission: The deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Thursday September 30, 2021
Applicants will be notified 
on or before November 30, 2021 as to the status of their submissions. 

Research grant awards will be mailed to awardees.

Amount of Funding: The research awards committee and NCACES will allocate funds based on the number of and level of excellence of research award proposals. Awards can be funded up to the amount of $750, and lesser amounts may be awarded.

Deadline for Claiming Research Awards: Individuals and teams MUST have completed IRB/Human Subjects Review AND claimed their award by May 1 of 2021. NO MONIES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AFTER THAT TIME.

Research Award Submissions
Research award proposal submissions occur in a two-stage process. Proposals must be submitted via the process below. Faxed and mailed “hard” copies of proposals will not be considered. 
Proposals containing any identifying information outside of the title page will not be considered. PLEASE double check your document for identifying researcher or university identifiers.

1. Completion of the online form which requires individual researcher and team researcher(s) contact information, principal investigator ACA/ACES/NCACES membership #, and information regarding financial need and a statement as to the planned distribution of results. Link to the online form is here: 

2. Submitting the research proposal either via uploading on the online form OR directly emailed to Dr. Gerta Bardhoshi, NCACES Member at Large and Chair of the Research Awards Committee at:

MS Word or PDF which includes IN THIS ORDER:
• A title page with the TITLE of the proposal only (the “blind” title page)
• A title page with the title and author identification
• The proposal document (4 page maximum not including the title pages and the references)

You will receive an email receipt confirming your submission.

Application Evaluation
Evaluation Criteria: Research proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers using the following criteria:

Qualifications of the Researcher:
•The researcher is a regular member or student member of ACES and NCACES, and the researcher has submitted only one proposal for funding in this year’s grant program.

Quality of the Proposed Research:
•Proposed topic is within the scope of Counselor Education and Supervision (20 points possible)
•Relevance of research to Counselor Education & Supervision as evidenced by the literature review (25 points possible)
•Research Methodology (i.e. the methodology proposed follows accepted practice for research of that kind) (25 points possible)
•Applicable ethical standards for research with human subjects (15 points possible)

Financial Need:
•Clear, itemized, and research-focused budget (10 points possible): The budget for the research project seems sound given the nature and scope of the proposed project (only the expenses budgeted for the actual conducting of the study will be considered; travel or presentation expenses will not be considered), and the project is not substantially supported by any other funding source (budget statements must include a statement of other funds being used to support the project).

•Funds may not be used for time compensation, including GA work, unless you provide the “employee” with a 1099 Form submitted to the IRS, so that they are taxed appropriately. The budget may include payment for time if the recipient (e.g., transcription company, statistical consultant) accounts for the self-employment or business income and provides a receipt. Receipts must be maintained by the Primary Researcher and made available should ACES request the records.

Distribution of Results:
A clear, feasible, and appropriate plan for distribution of research findings (5 points possible). As a condition of the acceptance of the grant award, the researcher is required to complete one of the following by October 30th of the next academic year after receiving your award:
• Provide a copy of the proposal to present the research results as a poster session at the ACA Conference or ACES National Conference;
• Provide a copy of the proposal to present the research results as an education session at the ACA Conference or ACES National Conference;
• Provide to the Research Grant Committee Chair a copy of the manuscript of the research results that has been submitted to a refereed journal for publication consideration.

e. “Acknowledgment of Support” Agreement: The researcher will include an acknowledgment of NCACES financial support of the project in all reports, presentations, or publications related to the supported project.