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Online Application
Selection Criteria

John W. Curtis
(202) 383-9005 Ext. 317

Nicole Van Vooren
(202) 383-9005 Ext. 313

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Applications are due by June 15 for the summer award cycle and December 15 for the winter cycle. Click here to apply.

The online application should be completed with the following information:

  • Project title, name(s), and institutional affiliation(s) of lead and additional author(s);
  • 100 - 200 word abstract of the research/conference topic;
  • Maximum of 5 single-spaced pages describing the project (excluding appendices) and must be at least an 11 pt font with 1 inch margins;
  • Detailed budget and time schedule;
  • Statement of other pending support;
  • Bibliography; and
  • Vitas for all authors.
  • Appendices (when applicable) should include survey instruments, interview schedules, and other study related items.

Proposals are reviewed for scientific merit and the importance of the proposed research project. Within this context, specific evaluation criteria include the following elements:

  • Innovation and promise of the research.
  • The potential of the study as a building block in the development of future research.
  • Appropriateness and significance of the research hypothesis.
  • Feasibility and adequacy of project design.
  • Plans for analysis of data.
  • Plans for dissemination of results.
  • Appropriateness of requested budget.
  • Conference proposals should include a discussion of activities that will lead to networking, new paradigms, and dissemination.
Principal investigators (PI) and co-PI(s) must have a PhD or equivalent.

While ASA membership is not a criterion for applying or being selected for this award, if and when this award is received, the recipient must be a current ASA member. ASA membership involves acceptance of and adherence to the ASA Code of Ethics, which is critical to the implementation of the funded project. Awardees must also provide documentation of pertinent IRB approval for the project.

Preference is given to applicants who have not previously received a FAD award. The selection committee consists of six members of the ASA Council and the ASA Director of Research.


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The amount of each award shall not exceed $7,000. Payment goes directly to the principal investigator unless other arrangements are made and may be taxable. Checks will be sent to the PI’s institution, but PIs should be aware that no overhead can be charged. Award money may not be used for ASA convention expenses, honoraria, or PI’s salary, which includes buying out of courses. Budgets that include purchases of laptop computers or other hardware will be carefully reviewed. The most frequent use of FAD money is to fund research assistants. Awardees must agree to meet the reporting requirements of the award. 

Notification of funding for the June 15th round will be sent in early September and checks will be dispersed mid October. For the December 15th round, applicants will be notified of funding in early March and checks will be dispersed in mid April.

Awardees are encouraged to continue the tradition of donating to FAD any royalty income derived from projects supported by the grant.


Applicants are required to notify ASA if other funding is received for the project.

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