Purpose of the Grant Programs through GPSA

  • To promote excellence in graduate education at Arizona State University;
  • To recognize and support quality graduate student research;
  • To provide financial support for research projects that are not eligible for other sources of funding or for which funding is difficult to obtain;
  • To support the successful completion of research required for a graduate degree;
  • To provide graduate students with experience in developing and reviewing grant proposals; and
  • To build Arizona State University’s reputation as a leading research institution.

Grant Programs Deadlines

NOTE: All deadlines are at 11:59 PM AZ time.

Graduate Research Support Program (GRSP)

Funding Source:
Graduate College

Funding Levels:
Terminal (thesis or dissertation): $2,000
Independent (distinct from thesis or dissertation): $750

Application Deadline:

January 1, 2023 and March 1, 2023 (all funds used by May 15, 2023)

Fall: August 1, 2023

Athletics Research Grant

Funding Source:
Sun Devil Athletics (SDA) Operation Board via Athletics Fees

Funding Levels:
Terminal (thesis or dissertation): $3,500
Independent (distinct from thesis or dissertation): $1,500

Application Deadline:

February 1, 2023

Jumpstart Grant

Funding Source:

Funding Levels:
Up to $750 per semester

Application Deadline:

The 1st of each month

Publication Grant

Funding Source:

Funding Levels:
Up to $900 per semester

Application Deadline:

The 1st of each month

Selection Criteria

Funded proposals will demonstrate:

  • Significant and meritorious research focus
  • Sound research methodology
  • Feasible project objectives given the one-year grant period (July 1 through June 30 of the current academic year)
  • An appropriate and fully justified budget
  • Justification for support by the GPSA in the light of alternate sources of funding

Expenses: What is/is not allowed?

Allowable Expenses

  • Subject incentives (cash or equivalent is acceptable); consumable items (such as food)
  • Equipment rental
  • Materials and supplies
  • Professional services for data analysis, typing, transcription, and copying
  • Software packages (QuestionPro, NVivo, statistical analysis softwares, etc.)
  • Travel to research facilities to collect pertinent data or conduct research (NOT for JumpStart grants)
  • Per diem (meals) while in travel status (NOT for JumpStart)

Expenses that are NOT Allowed

All Programs
  • Equipment purchases (no laptops, no camera, etc.)
  • Salaries and wages for research assistants, ASU affiliates or employees
  • Tuition or remuneration of time spent on project
  • Conference travel (except for undergraduate students on Athletics grant)
  • Terminal publication charges (e.g., binding/printing of thesis or dissertation)
  • Publication expenses (i.e., printing, editing, translation of dissertation, etc.)
  • Individual expenses cannot exceed $1,000
Specific Programs
  • NO travel expenses allowed for JumpStart grant

Application Process


Determine which grant program for which you would like to apply

Check the grant program details (including, allowable expenses, deadlines, requirements)

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Submit an application for the grant program in ZoomGrants

Applications MUST be submitted by the application deadline. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

We encourage applicants to not wait until the evening of the 1st to submit their application. ZoomGrants could overload at this time, which could delay the time of submission past the deadline (11:59 PM). GPSA is not responsible for such delays, and applications submitted after the deadline are not eligible for funding.

Within ZoomGrants you can start your application, save your progress, and come back to it later!


After you submit your application, all eligible applications will be reviewed by fellow graduate students.

Applications will be evaluated using the Research Grant Application Rubric.

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You will be notified of award status within one month of the application deadline

Please note: If you do not receive notification of your awards within the time-frame specified above, it is your obligation to inquire as to the status of your application.
Anonymous reviewer comments will become available to applicants within the online application system (ZoomGrants).

Please reach out to the Director of Research if you would like to receive your application feedback.
If you receive an award, review the Awardee Responsibilities & Information Page for a detailed list of requirements and responsibilities following the award

BLIND YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS: You MUST remove your name from your CV/resume when submitting your application, as this is a double-blind review process. This also means names of all authors must be removed from publications and/or presentations listed in your CV.

By submission of an application, the applicant agrees that they have read and agreed to all the rules of the program and that the information on the application is true and complete to the best of the applicant’s knowledge.

Integrity Disclaimer

Please note that all applicants for any GPSA program must submit their own unique, individual applications to all GPSA-funded programs. Students are not permitted to take any portion of content from prior student awardees for any reason whatsoever. Any student caught using the work (in any portion) from another student or copying their own material from a prior application will be considered in violation of GPSA’s policy. Such action will prohibit the student in question from being eligible for the current application in consideration and may inhibit eligibility for future GPSA funding applications. In summary, each application must be your own original work. Given that we are a student entity within Arizona State University, GPSA mandates that all students act within the university’s academic integrity policy found here.

Technology Disclaimer

The GPSA and its administrators are not responsible for technological failure. Technical support can be contacted by visiting the application website. The GPSA and its administrators are also not responsible for any lost, destroyed, or otherwise delayed applications; for any resulting loss or revetment of funds by their own negligence. Further, no awards are guaranteed and the GPSA Vice President of Internal Affairs may rescind any grant for any reason at any time without prior notification. Program guidelines are subject to change at any time, with or without notice.


All research carried out under the sponsorship of ASU is subject to all of the University’s research policies and procedures. In particular, investigators conducting projects that involve human subjects, laboratory animals, biohazards, recombinant DNA, etc., must obtain the necessary approvals before commencing work. Project PIs are solely responsible for obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for subject participation prior to GPSA project implementation. Applicants must submit a copy of their completed IRB form (if required) or IRB approval (or exemption) letter. For more information on ASU’s Institutional Review Board (Human Subjects), please visit https://researchintegrity.asu.edu/responsible-conduct.