The purpose of the AORE $5,000 Research Grant is to provide the opportunity to study an area of interest that meet areas of strategic importance to AORE.

Applicants are free to propose quantitative or qualitative empirical studies, analysis of secondary data sources, the development of new theories or conceptual frameworks, as well as other proposals that further AORE’s mission and goals and objectives and are in-line with the AORE research topics.  These funds can be used for ongoing projects.

Applicants for the research grant must complete the Research Grant Proposal form.The grant proposal form includes applicant’s information, research summary, area of research, research summary, tasks/activities (time line), budget, and outcomes.  These areas are described below.  The deadline for Grant proposal submission is  October 7, 2016 by 5:00pm (EST).  Any questions can be directed to Rob Perkins, Co-Chair, AORE Research Grant Committee at
Each of the following components should be clearly identified in the proposal:

  1. Research Summary:
    a. Describe the research project including a justification/need, goals and objectives, and method(s) of research.
    b. Explain how this research project will be beneficial to the field at large and in assisting the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, its mission, its members and the research priorities of the association.

  2. Tasks/Activities and Time Line:  Please explain the specific tasks and activities involved in achieving the project goals and objectives.  Please outline the schedule/timeline for completion of the research.

  3. Research /Evaluation Outcomes:  Describe how you will evaluate and measure the success of your project.

  4. Budget:  Please indicate how the grant funds will be used to help with your research project.  Provide a line item budget that includes, if applicable, costs for personnel, materials and supplies, transportation, and any in-kind services or donations. If applicable, you should also provide supplemental information on additional secured or proposed funding. Note: This grant will not cover grant administration funds.

  5. Expectations:
    a. While there is no deadline for completion of the research project, it is required that you or a member of your research team presents the findings or preliminary findings at the 2017 AORE conference.  Conference attendance fees should be included in the proposed budget. In case the research project is not completed by 2017, it is expected that the final findings will be presented the following year. No additional funds will be allocated for more than one conference attendance in relation to the grant.
    b. You will be required to submit progress reports to the AORE Research Grant Committee by February 1, 2017 and May 1, 2017.  This information is used to determine when grant funds are distributed to the grant recipient.
    c. After the 2017 AORE Annual Conference you will be required to submit an article to the Association News concerning your research project. Your article must be submitted to the National Office, by January 15th, April 15th, or July 15th of 2018.
    d. You will also be required to submit your research article to JOREL once your research is completed.

Distribution of Funds
Budget Expectations: The Research and Publications Committee will allocate half the grant funding shortly after you are announced the winner. You will need to provide AORE National Office proper reimbursement forms to access this allocation.  Assuming adequate progress is being made with this research, you will then receive the remaining portion of the grant money.  In order to determine adequate progress, you will be required to submit progress reports to the AORE Research Grant Committee by May 1, 2017 and then a final report by January 31, 2018.

  1. Recipient must submit receipts for reimbursement.  The Research and Publications will provide recipient with proper reimbursement forms for submission to the AORE National Office.
    a. Recipients will be expected to use all grant money by December 31, 2017.

The Research Grant winner(s) will be announced at the 2016 AORE Annual Conference.