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Rounds 4 Research is the EIFG's latest national campaign aimed at generating resources to address that need and help to ensure golf's future.

2021 GCSAA Research Grant Program

The GCSAA Research Grant Program is dedicated to funding applied agronomic, environmental and regulatory research that will benefit golf course superintendents and the golf courses they manage. Submissions for proposals for 2021 will be open June 1-Sept. 13.


  • Sept. 13, 2021 – Proposals due to GCSAA headquarters
  • Sept. 13, 2021 – Support and commitment letters are due
  • Oct. 18, 2021 – Proposals reviewed by the Research Committee
  • Dec. 31, 2021 – Researchers notified of projects approved for funding. Following this notification, all applicants will receive a letter notifying them of their application’s status 

Funding programs

The Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), GCSAA’s philanthropic organization, will provide funding for new research projects that meet the program focus and criteria described below.

O.J. Noer Research Grant

Purpose: To provide funding for basic turfgrass or related programs' research that incorporates training graduate students for advanced degrees. Basic research applications that benefit golf course superintendents and the golf courses they manage will receive priority ratings, provided other guidelines are met. Learn more about the history of the O.J. Noer Grant here.

Dr. Michael Hurdzan Endowment

Purpose: To fund environmental research on golf courses, including but not limited to: integrated pest management, best management practices, pesticide and nutrient fate, wildlife management or any project relating to protecting the environment. (Preference may be given to projects with matching funds.)

Mark Kizziar Research Grant

Purpose: To fund applied research on turfgrass water use, irrigation scheduling techniques, irrigation water quality or the use of recycled water that will help produce well-conditioned golf courses while minimizing consumption of water. Preference will be given to proposals that address recycled water use and that are conducted in the Southwestern United States. (Preference may be given to projects with matching funds.)

Aquatrol’s Robert A. Moore Endowment

Purpose: To fund applied research for optimizing the growing environment for golf course turf, while minimizing inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides. (Preference may be given to projects with matching funds.)

Chapter Cooperative Research Program

Purpose: To cooperate with chapters by providing matching funds for applied agronomic, environmental or regulatory research that has been identified by the chapter as a significant local issue. The goal is to fund research that is important to superintendents. (Preference may be given to projects with matching funds from local chapters, turfgrass foundations or golf associations only.)