Research Grant Program

Research Grant Program

Research Grant Program

Thank you for your interest in the NCTRC Research Grant Program. For more information you can read the NCTRC Research Grant Program Fast Facts.

We are proud to offer this program which seeks to open new doors for current RT practitioners as well as those pursuing careers in the field.


The purpose of the NCTRC Research Grant Program is to:

  • Provide opportunities for individuals pursuing a career in or already practicing recreational therapy to establish and maintain lines of research,
  • Promote the collaboration between higher education faculty and practitioners,
  • Support the provision of quality recreational therapy services, and
  • Promote the CTRS® as the qualified provider of recreational therapy services.


All individuals who hold active status as a CTRS, or are currently enrolled in TR/RT coursework or academic programs may apply for an NCTRC Research Grant.

Note: Students applying for the grant must have a faculty sponsor who holds active CTRS status at the time the proposal is submitted and reviewed.


  • A maximum of $5,000.00 per proposal will be awarded to the selected applicant(s).
  • The Primary Investigator (PI) may have a maximum of one proposal funded per year.
  • Non-funded proposals may be resubmitted for the next review cycle.
  • Funding supports student assistants, supplies, necessary travel for data collection and other costs of the research project.
  • Funding will not cover fringe benefits, administrative costs, personal stipends or salary, training, courses, lessons or travel to conferences.
  • All materials and equipment purchased with the NCTRC Research Grant funds must stay with the requesting agency.
  • Duration of the grant is one year unless an extension is requested and approved.


Grants will be awarded two times per year with grant submission deadlines of October 15 at 11:59 PM ET and March 15 at 11:59 PM ET; and funding awarded in December and May to the selected applicant(s).


For more information, please contact NCTRC at 845-639-1439.




NCTRC Funded Research Grant Projects



  • Addressing Mental Health in College Students with an RT-Focused Podcast Intervention
  • Development of a Protocol for Reminiscence Therapy in Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Examining the Role of Recreational Therapy in Forensic and Correctional Settings
  • Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Recreational Therapists Perspectives
  • Recreational therapy students’ learning experiences of facility dog usage: A focus group study
  • The Effect of Virtual Reality Meditation on Emotional Regulation: A Pilot Study


  • Examining the Use of Virtual Reality in a University Well-Being Program
  • Exploring the Effects of Swim Instruction on Motor Skills and Health of Children with Autism
  • Feasibility and acceptability of a mindfulness-based virtual reality program to promote mental health among older adults at high risk for dementia