Scholarly Research in Association Management Grants

The Scholarly Research Grants Program (SRGP) facilitates research projects in the academic community, forging partnerships that add to the body of knowledge in association management. Each grant of up to $15,000 is awarded to support proposals from academics and association professionals that investigate research questions crucial to association management functions and concerns.   ASAE Research Foundation is an established primary creator and resource for research and information in the association community. Through this grant, ASAE Research Foundation intends to expand and promote academic research that advances knowledge in association management and leadership, creates new conversations, and raises the profile of nonprofit research both inside and outside academia.


2020 Grant Recipient

Congratulations to the 2020 Scholarly Research award recipient! The Research Foundation looks forward to supporting this project throughout 2020 and beyond.


University of Washington

Principal Investigator: Mary Kay Gugerty, PhD, Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Title: How, When and Why do Associations Advocate? Association Engagement in the Policy Process Abstract

National nonprofit associations are a kind of professional association that have proliferated globally in recent decades. These organizations face distinct management challenges in balancing member recruitment and service with external engagement and advocacy. In spite of their increasing prevalence, we have very little empirical data about how nonprofit associations engage in policy processes and how their distinct structure as membership organizations affects their activities and involvement in advocacy. To what extent do the demands of organizational survival influence the inclination and ability of associations to engage in advocacy? In this project, we take a political economy approach to conceptualize national nonprofit associations as interest groups facing collective action challenges. We examine the mix of private, collective and public goods provided by these organizations and the relationship between the production of goods for members and external engagement in policy advocacy.

SRGP has been fueling academic research projects that impact the association field since 2015. Learn about past grant recipients.


Important Dates

  • 2021 application period opens: TBD
  • Letter of Intent requested: TBD
  • Application deadline: TBD
  • Grant recipients announced: TBD

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



A new addition to the SRGP portfolio, the Sal Martino Legacy Grant, supports research exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion in association management. The grant provides awards to meritorious proposals addressing DEI in nonprofit membership and member-based association management and is intended to support the research activities of those working (or matriculating) in an academic community, association management professionals, and consultants/private contractors in association management.

Proposals can address DEI in a variety of ways: as the primary research question(s); within subsequent questions of a larger theme (i.e. membership development, volunteer management, board governance, advocacy, etc.); or, explicitly addressed in the review criteria (e.g. theoretical application, approach, significance, impact, innovation, organizational commitment, and dissemination).

Funding for the Sal Martino Legacy Grant for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research is provided by:



Special Launch Of Sal Martino Legacy grant

  • Application period opens: May 11, 2020 

  • Letter of Intent requested: July 15, 2020  

  • Application deadline: August 14, 2020 

  • Grant recipients announced: Fall 2020


Learn More

For more information, contact:

Andrea Wieters
Research Project Manager
202 626-2892
[email protected]