Scholarly Research Grant Program


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 academicians 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, creating new conversations, and raising the profile of nonprofit research both inside and outside academia.



  • 2022 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 proposal 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:

Webster Chamberlain & Bean, LLP



Congratulations to the 2020 and 2021 Scholarly Research and Sal Martino Legacy Grant award recipients! The Research Foundation looks forward to supporting their projects throughout 2021 and beyond.

2021 Scholarly Research Grant Recipient
George Washington University
Who Joins and Leaves Associations? An Analysis of Longitudinal Survey Data
Principal Investigator: Kyle Albert, Assistant Research Professor

2021 Sal Martino Legacy Grant Recipient
Ohio University
Promoting Professional Association Leadership through Career Mentoring for Early-Career Under-Represented Minority Physicians
Primary Investigator: Rosellen Roche, Associate Professor of Primary Care; Public Health and Community Medicine

2020 Scholarly Research Grant Recipient
University of Washington
How, When and Why do Associations Advocate? Association Engagement in the Policy Process
Principal Investigator: Mary Kay Gugerty, PhD, Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

2020 Sal Martino Legacy Grant Recipient
Kennesaw State University
Building Diverse Association Memberships Through Pipeline Programs: An Evaluation of the Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s (ARNOVA) Diversity Scholars Professional Development Program
Primary Investigator: Jennifer A. Wade-Berg, PhD, CNP, Associate Professor & Campus Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance


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



For more information, contact:

Eric Wood
Senior Manager Development Operations & Donor Relations