Research & Grants

Coming soon: We are reopening research grants soon. Please join our IOC mailing list to get an alert when the grant appliation process is open.

Thanks to the generosity of Ruth Ann Harnisch, Institute Founder & Benefactor, and the Harnisch Foundation, we are able to dedicate $100,000 per year in coaching research awards to qualified individuals. Our grants offer researchers, graduate students, and coaching practitioners the opportunity to conduct coaching research.

The Institute of Coaching is building the scientific foundation of coaching by inspiring, supporting, and funding coaching research. Our goal is to enhance the validity of coaching and its impact on individuals and organizations.  We coordinate a global community of coaching researchers and set standards for coaching research. 

There is a pressing need for a body of research to demonstrate the effectiveness of coaching. Not only do we need to know if coaching works, but how it works. We need to know which methods work best with which groups of people and explore carefully what generates the best outcomes.  Please review our latest Coaching Research Digest which has been generously sponsored by Meyler Campbell.

We welcome research proposals which employ quantitative and/or qualitative research methods to advance the theory, science, profession, and practice of coaching. 

To read more about our grants, please see Harnisch Grants and How to Apply

Visit our Featured Research page for the latest findings from Harnisch Researchers.

  • In our Coaching Resources you will find:

    • Peer-reviewed journals which publish coaching research.
    • Periodic overviews of published coaching research in our Research Digest.
    • Bibliography of Coaching Research: List of dissertations and journal articles by focus area, date, and author.
    • An article on 100 Coaching Ideas.
    • Audio Podcast with Gordon Spence:  "The Inside Guide to Submitting a Successful Harnisch Grant Proposal".