National Stuttering Association

We are honored to award the National Stuttering Association’s 2022 CASE Research Grant to Dr. John Tetnowski and Dr. J. Cecil of Oklahoma State University for their study, The Use of Virtual Reality Simulations to Promote Carry-Over in Older Children and Adolescents Who Stutter!

Dr. John  Tetnowski is the Jeanette Sias Endowed Chair in Speech Pathology at Oklahoma State University. A board recognized fluency specialist, certified and licensed speech-language pathologist, researcher, and fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, he has published over 85 manuscripts in the areas of stuttering, fluency disorders, and research methods. Dr. Tetnowski has presented almost 250 seminars on five continents. He recently received the National Stuttering Association’s 2020 Academic of the Year Award. He spent 20 years at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where he mentored 17 doctoral students and served as director of the Ph.D. Program in Applied Language and Speech Sciences. He received the University’s Distinguished Professor Award in 2016 and Outstanding Doctoral Mentor Award in 2020.

Dr. J. Cecil‘s interests are in the investigation of Information Centric issues spanning 3 core facets: modeling, simulation and exchange of information to support distributed collaboration. His research group investigates such issues across various process domains including manufacturing/robotics, space systems design/assembly, and medicine. Dr. Cecil co-directs a Center for Cyber-Physical Systems, which has been established to address such unique multi-disciplinary perspectives. His group’s pioneering work spans multiple domains ranging from advanced manufacturing to space systems.

The NSA CASE Research Grant is a $25,000 funding opportunity 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.


  • 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.
  • Applicants must be able to provide proof of IRB approval to the NSA Research Committee within 45 days of the award notification.


  • 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 2 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.
  • This award is not intended to provide the investigator with additional or extended support for an existing study already supported through extramural funds.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Significance to the discipline
  • Innovation
  • Relevance to the NSA Mission
  • Approach
  • Merit of investigator (Note: Priority will be given to new investigators)
  • Environment/Feasibility
  • Quality of proposal
  • Budget justification


  • Opportunity posting: May 18, 2023
  • Application deadline: September 30, 2023 11:59PM/PT
  • Award announcement: Early November 2023