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The Leisure Studies Association Research and Enterprise Development Fund

posted 28 Jul 2017, 04:26 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 28 Sep 2017, 02:48 ]

The LSA is delighted to launch the Research and Enterprise Development Fund, to provide a potential source of funding to promote both the study of Leisure, and the Leisure Studies Association more broadly. Proposals are invited from existing LSA members[1] in the following categories:

(1)     A research support fund, to support the undertaking of high quality research related to the scope and aims of the LSA.

(2)     A research dissemination fund, to provide support to LSA members to disseminate their work beyond that of ‘traditional’ peer reviewed outlets, not only to other academics interested in the study of leisure, but also to practitioners, policy makers and other interested audiences.

(3)     An enterprise fund, to provide support for enterprising or social entrepreneurial activities related to the overall scope and aims of the LSA.


The types of things that may be considered under each category are as follows:

(1) Research support fund

A range of activities directly related to research activities will be considered, such as travel, fieldwork, networking, and data analysis. Attendance at conferences will not be funded.


(2) Research dissemination fund

Support for any dissemination activity will be considered, such as one-day conferences, seminars, workshops and ‘virtual’ dissemination activities. Activities that involve practitioners, policy makers and non-academic audiences are encouraged.


(3) Enterprise fund

To support any enterprising or social entrepreneurial activities/ideas/events that promote and enhance the scope and aims of the LSA. The fund is particularly keen to support those activities/ideas that use leisure as a vehicle to promote, in their broadest definition, social justice, community development and peace. Applications that have an element of 'match funding' attached to them will also be looked at particularly favourably.

Guidance for Applicants

·       The maximum amount that will be awarded is £2000. There is no minimum amount;

·       Preference will be given to applications that have additional or match-funding, particularly applications to the enterprise fund;

·       Proposals should be no more than 3 sides of A4 and include the following: title, rationale, aims and objectives, project timeline, costs and a brief applicant CV;

·       Proposals which incorporate elements of two or more of the categories are also encouraged.


Applications will be judged by a panel of at least three current LSA members, who will be appointed by the LSA Executive Committee.

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • The clarity and coherence of proposed activity;
  • The extent to which the proposal is seen to promote and benefit the LSA as a learned society;
  • Realistic costings/budget (and with, where appropriate, evidence of match funding);
  • Originality and creativity.

Further Information

For more information please contact Dr Kat King ( or Dr Ian Jones (

[1] Applicants should normally have been members of LSA for at least 12 months, however applications from newer members may also be considered.