Research Grants


Association for Adult Development and Aging

Purpose: The purpose for this call for proposals is to fund studies that increase understanding of issues pertaining to adult development and aging. Preference will be given to research that focuses on normative adult developmental phases, stages, and transitions; wellness and positive aging; and/or diversity in adulthood. This category of research grants is different from the Evelyn Chasan Research Grants, as the focus is on research for adults across the lifespan. The Evelyn Chasan Research Grants are reserved for research specifically on older adults.

Amount of Funding: AADA has allocated $500 to the Research Committee to support deserving adult developmental research. One $500 grant will be awarded.

Who May Apply: The funds are available to both professional and student members of AADA. Individuals may submit (or be part of a submission team) for only one proposal. Multiple submissions by any researcher (individually or as part of multiple research teams) will not be accepted. Members of the AADA Board are ineligible to apply.

Research Objective(s):

Please describe briefly how the proposed study will contribute to the understanding of issues pertaining to adult development and aging (max. 100 words):

Note: The applicant must be a current member of AADA!

Please send the information from this form and all supporting documentation to assist the committee in designating the award recipient as e-mail attachments to the AADA Awards Committee co-chairs, Philip Clarke and Rebecca Earhart Michel, at with the subject, “AADA Research Grant.”

Evaluation Criteria: Research proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers using the following criteria:

a. Qualifications of the Researcher(s):

  • The principal researcher and all additional researchers must be regular or student members of AADA.

b. Quality of the Proposed Research:

  • Proposed topic is within the scope of adult development and aging, with the research question centered on adult developmental phases, stages and transitions, issues arising in adulthood, or the training of counselors who will work with adults (25 pts. possible).
  • Proposed topic is relevant to adult development as evidenced by a well-organized, succinct literature review, including diversity, multicultural, or social justice implications (25 pts. possible).
  •  The research methodology is well detailed, appropriate for the research question, and follows accepted practice for quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods methods (25 pts. possible).The proposal addresses ethical standards for research with human subjects (5 pts. possible).

c. Financial Need:

  • Clear, itemized, and research-focused budget: The budget for the research project is sound given the methods and scope of the proposed project. Only expenses budgeted for conducting the study will be considered; presentation expenses will not be considered. Other funds being used to support the project must be disclosed in the budget (15 pts. possible).
  • Funds may not be used for time compensation, such as GA work, unless you provide the employee with a 1099 Form submitted to the IRS. The budget may include payment for time if the recipient (e.g., transcription company, statistical consultant) accounts for the self-employment or business income and provides a receipt. Receipts must be maintained by the Primary Researcher and made available should AADA request the records.

d. Plan for Dissemination:

  • The proposal must contain a clear, feasible, and appropriate plan for dissemination of research findings. As a condition of the acceptance of the grant award, the researcher is required to complete one of the following by October 30th of the year subsequent to receiving the award (5 pts. possible):
  • Propose to present the research results as a poster session or educational session at the ACA World Conference, ACES National or Regional Conference, or AADA National Conference;
  •  Submit the manuscript of the research results to a refereed journal for publication consideration.
  • Acknowledgment of Support and Agreement: The researcher will include an acknowledgment of AADA’s financial support of the project in all reports, presentations, or publications related to the supported project.