Apply for a Research Grant

Supporting the AHLA Foundation funds vital research.
And benefits us all.

An important part of the AHLA Foundation's mission is making grants available for research projects that benefit the industry at large. Since 1995, the Foundation has distributed over $4 million in grants. The Foundation has supported researchers who explore issues that are critical to our industry, and generate data and insights we use to tell the hotel industry's story. If you want to help us tell that story, please apply for a 2022 AHLA Foundation research grant.

Applying for a research grant

We accept unsolicited applications from individuals or organizations wishing to conduct research in the lodging industry. Applications may be submitted three times a year:

Due to our collective response to COVID-19, on behalf of AHLA Foundation and AHLA, we have currently suspended the disbursements of research grants. We will keep you updated when new deadlines will be reinstated.

All instructions must be followed carefully, and reviewing the summaries of funded research before beginning an application is encouraged.

Research grant application process

The Research and Project Funding Committee, comprised primarily of hotel operators, oversees the grant program and makes funding recommendations to the AHLA Foundation's board. Typically, the Foundation budgets about $350,000 each year for research grants.

Applicants should review the Foundation's Research and Project Funding Guidelines and Application Instructions, FAQs and the sample application before beginning the application process.  All funding requests must be submitted through this online application.

The Research Committee will meet approximately three weeks after the deadline date to review the submissions. All funding recommendations are then presented to the AHLA Foundation board before final funding approval is given. 

For more information about research projects or applying for a grant, please contact Sarah Cozewith, Vice President of Career Development at