Thomas Liley Memorial Saxophone Research Grant Application

The Editorial Board of the North American Saxophone Alliance invites applications for grant support for research projects pertaining to the history, literature, pedagogy, or sociology of the saxophone. Primary research should occur between September 15, 2024 and August 31, 2025.

Thomas Liley Memorial Saxophone Research Grant awards provide a stipend of up to $500. Grants may be used to cover travel, supplies & materials, equipment, or costs related to the dissemination of findings.


Any individual applying for a Thomas Liley Memorial Saxophone Research Grant must be a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance. No currently-serving member of the NASA Editorial Board (The President, Director of Scholarly Publications, Jazz Coordinator, Saxophone Symposium Editor, and Saxophone Symposium Assistant Editor) are eligible to apply.


Each applicant should prepare a Project Narrative of no more than three pages, single spaced, in 12-point font, with 1” margins that should address the following:

  1. Project Abstract—Include an abstract of 250 words or less for your project that describes your research in a well-structured, logical manner and explains how your research will contribute to the collective knowledge regarding the saxophone.

  2. Project Description

    1. Specific Aims/Objectives—Clearly describe the specific aims and objectives of your research project. 

    2. Research Methodology—Describe how you will answer your research questions.

    3. Impact of Project—How will your research project advance our understanding of the saxophone, its history, its pedagogy, or etc.?

    4. Dissemination of Results—How do you plan to disseminate your results?

  3. Project Timeline—Please include a clear, logical, and detailed timeline of proposed activities for your project from start to finish.

  4. Project Budget—Please include a detailed budget for your project.

  5. Please indicate whether you have access to institutional research funds for this project. Priority will be given to those projects lacking such funding. (Please see rubric.)

All applications are due on July 31, 2024. The 2024-2025 awards will be announced by September 15, 2024.

Follow-up project activities

Prior to August 31, 2025, recipients will submit a brief (2-3 page) report of the project’s activities and findings. All grant awardees will be required to submit a paper to The Saxophone Symposium or propose a presentation at a NASA conference based upon their research within two years of the termination of the grant period to be considered for future grants.

Adjudication Rubric
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Your Name: *
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Project Abstract (250 words or less) *
Project Description (Including Specific Aims/Objectives, Research Methodology, Impact of Project, and Information Regarding Dissemination of Results) *
Project Timeline *
Project Budget (Please include any institutional support or other outside funding you plan to receive, and indicate it as such.) *
Do you have access to institutional research funds for this project? *
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