Innovation Grants Program

The Innovation Grants Program (IGP) (2013-2021) supported the creative exploration and project development to raise the association community's awareness of and engagement with innovation. Grant recipients may have received up to $30,000 to dive deeper into innovation and implement their project ideas, creating models of innovation for the entire association community.


Celebrating 8 Years of Innovation

The Innovation Grants Program is no longer accepting applications. The IGP Steering Committee thanks all those who have supported IGP’s mission—our sponsors, donors, applicants, awardees, and volunteer reviewers. A celebration of 8 years of innovation will begin soon, so watch out for more to come!

2021 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the 2021 Innovation Grants Program award recipients! 

The Research Foundation looks forward to supporting their projects throughout 2021 and beyond.  

American Political Science Association (APSA) 

“Addressing Issues and Mechanisms of Systemic Inequality in the Political Science Discipline” 

This project seeks to develop strategies to address the systemic inequalities that affect the career trajectories and experiences of marginalized members of the discipline: racial/ethnic minorities, women, and LGBTQ scholars. 

Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)

“A New Student Membership Model: Working Toward Cultural Competency”

This project seeks to design and implement an innovative, cyber-based student membership model that focuses on overcoming barriers of geography while connecting diverse student populations using a cultural competency framework. 

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 

“How Associations Can Promote Worker Wellbeing and Behavioral Health to Their Members” 

Building on its work on opioids, suicide, and workplace safety and health, NAHB is developing a more comprehensive approach to raising awareness about the importance of member mental wellness.  

Learn about past IGP grant recipients.

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Important Dates and Application Information

  • 2022 IGP application period opens: TBD

  • Letter of Intent requestedby: TBD

  • Application deadline: TBD

  • Grant recipients announced: TBD

Find out more about the program, including selection criteria, eligibility, types of grants, and FAQ.


Tools and Resources

Making Innovation Accessible
The ASAE Research Foundation’s Innovation Grants Program supports associations’ pursuit of new and better models and practices—not to mention insights into the discipline of innovating.

Top 10 Tips for Applying to IGP
The ASAE Research Foundation asked past Innovation Grants Program applicants for the advice they would give potential applicants. Here are their top tips for successful proposals.

Learn More

For more information, contact:
Andrea Wieters
Research Project Manager
202 626-2892

The Innovation Grants Program is made possible through support from SunTrust Foundation, Geico, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. View all of the Innovation Grants Programs supporters

Suntrust Geico Whiteford Taylor Preston