While our understanding of stuttering has improved over the decades, there is still much to be learned about this speech disorder that over 3 million people live with across the country. Research funding from federal, private, and nonprofit entities is scarce, and, unfortunately, is even scarcer for  research focusing on stuttering. We’re changing that. 

The NSA is taking a leadership role among advocacy organizations in financially supporting research to advance understanding of stuttering through a $25,000 research grant, generously sponsored by our benefactors!

The NSA CASE Research Grant is designed to support research that will contribute to our knowledge about stuttering in the areas of Community, Advocacy, Support, and/or Education (CASE) as they relate to the NSA’s Mission of bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter and their families. 


  • Proposals to the NSA CASE program must be for academic research projects on stuttering. Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects). Additionally, proposals for research studies focused on areas other than stuttering, are not eligible.
  • Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for an NSA CASE grant must hold a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in a research-related profession. While graduate students may be part of the research team, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI on the proposal.
  • The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization or public/governmental institution that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The NSA does not award grants directly to individuals. Examples include non-profit or public colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS.
  • The PI’s institution/organization where the proposed research will take place must be in the United States.


  • Proposed budgets for this program are limited to $25,000 total and may not include indirect cost charges.
  • Projects proposed may not be longer than two years in duration.
  • PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the NSA at a time. (This restriction does not apply to the administering organization; organizations may submit as many proposals as they like as long as they are for different projects and have different research teams.)

Evaluation Criteria

  • Significance to the discipline
  • Relevance to the NSA Mission
  • Approach
  • Merit of investigator
  • Environment / Feasibility


  • Opportunity Posting: September 23, 2021
  • Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021
  • Award Notice: December 10, 2021

 Application Guidelines

This award was made possible by the generous donations of the Smith Family, the Short Family, and a contribution from the NSA fund.