Research Call for Proposals

2013 Research Call for Proposals

GCSAA invites you to submit a proposal to the Chapter Cooperative Research Grant Program. This program is made possible through a grant from the Environmental Institute for Golf. The purpose of this program is to collaborate with GCSAA chapters by providing matching funds for applied, problem-solving research and promote the use of best management practices and new technology that will advance the sustainability of golf facilities. The goal is to fund research that is relevant, problem solving and can be applied immediately by superintendents at the golf facilities they manage.


  • Oct. 11, 2013 – Proposals due to GCSAA headquarters
  • Oct. 21, 2013 – Chapter Support Letters due to GCSAA headquarters
  • Dec. 6, 2013 – GCSAA Board reviews recommendations of the Research Committee
  • Dec. 16, 2013 – Researchers notified of proposal selection

Proposal guidelines

  • Research proposals must clearly state the goals and expected outcomes.
  • Proposals should address a turfgrass management or environmental quality issue that is a priority within the chapter, state or region.
  • The research project should be applied, problem solving in nature.
  • A maximum of $20,000 per project from the EIFG. No indirect costs are allowed.
  • A single GCSAA affiliated chapter, multiple GCSAA affiliated chapters working together, turf associations or foundations, golf associations, or any combination of the organizations previously listed must match dollar for dollar the funding requested from the EIFG.
  • Organizations may contribute more than $20,000 to a project per year, but the EIFG will only match up to $20,000.

Proposal structure

Proposals are due to GCSAA headquarters by Oct. 11, 2013, and all supporting letters are due on Oct. 21. A single GCSAA-affiliated chapter, multiple GCSAA-affiliated chapters working together, turf associations or foundations, golf associations, or any combination of the organizations must clarify how they will be involved in the project. Outside organizations are welcome to contribute. Cost sharing, as part of other projects or through funds from outside organizations, will be considered favorably.

Proposals must include the following:

  • All proposals are required to complete the Proposal Cover Sheet, using the cover sheet template.
  • A letter from a GCSAA-affiliated chapter signed by an officer or executive administrator.
  • Project title
  • Rationale for research or description of problem
  • Benefits of the research to golf course superintendents
  • Objectives
  • Materials and methods, including the location of the experiments and a list of treatments, if applicable
  • Expected results and outcomes
  • Brief section of literature cited (if desired)
  • Detailed budget showing all sources of funding (no indirect costs allowed)
  • Proposals should be typed and single-spaced using a minimum 10-point font. They must not exceed six total pages, including the cover sheet.

Proposal review process

Proposals due to GCSAA headquarters by Oct. 11, 2013. Only proposals that are received by the deadline and contain the required information will be reviewed by the GCSAA Research Committee. Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • Importance of the research to golf course superintendents
  • Well-defined experimental objectives
  • Methodology that will meet objectives
  • Technical merit

How to submit a proposal

Faxed proposals will not be accepted. Email proposals to Mollie Qualseth or mail to:
GCSAA Research Department
Attn: Mollie Qualseth
1421 Research Park Drive
Lawrence, KS 66049-3859


Please contact Greg Lyman, GCSAA director of environmental programs, at 785-865-8048.