Past Recipients:

2018 - Elise Cain

2017 - No recipient

2016 - Chelsea Kettle

2015 - Nikki Youngblood

In an effort to stimulate creativity, exploration, and the development of new initiatives or research, the CSPA-NYS Innovation & Research Grant is intended to help professionals and/or scholars consider new ideas and spark enthusiasm for out of the box thinking.

As an association that focuses on the development and needs of graduate students, new professionals, and mid-level managers, the CSPA-NYS Innovation & Research Grant may be a valuable asset for those who have an interest in developing new programs, initiatives and practices, or engaging in research, but may not have expendable resources.



Proposals will be considered that fall with in the following parameters

  • Program, initiative, or practice that is new to the applicant's campus or field of student affairs, or is being modified to produce new results.

  • Research or scholarly activity that will produce new knowledge for student affairs practice.


  • The recipient may be awarded up to 1000$ to fund the winning project of research.

  • Funds can paid directly to the primary applicant's department or institution (please consider overhead costs that may be incurred, as CSPA-NYS cannot pay for those costs).

  • If the project is graduate research, funding can be paid directly to the applicant.

  • Funds can be used for programs, activities, training, or other initiatives that fall within the criteria above.


  • Program, initiative, research, or practice must be implemented within one calendar year of receiving funding under this grant.

  • The primary applicant is expected to submit either a program proposal for the annual CSPA-NYS conference or work with the VP for Professional Development to find another means for sharing the results of the program (Programs do not have to be "successful" as often much is learned through no as successful program/initiative/practices).

  • If the project entails graduate research, the applicant may be encourage to submit results in the form of manuscripts to The New York Journal of Student Affairs.


Proposed Timeline for Application/Selection Process

  • April 1st – Request for proposals initially sent out.

  • June 1st – Innovation & Research Grant Applications due.

  • July 1st – Recipients notified.

  • October – Recipients recognized at the annual conference.

  • Following June – Recipients are able to submit a program proposal to the annual conference/work with VP for Professional Development to identify appropriate venue.

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