The TCMA encourages members to undertake research in all areas. From time to time it will make funding available to members for research that is of particular interest to the Association.

Recently TCMA has made two small grants available for appropriately qualified people to do research on spiritual spaces on Australian tertiary campuses and employment and working conditions for Australian tertiary chaplains. Rev Joanne Baynes, chaplaincy coordinator at Edith Cowan University in WA, and Rev Dr Barry Rogers, Anglican chaplain to the Clayton Campus of Monash University, Victoria, were the successful applicants. Both researchers made progress reports available at the AGM in Sydney in September 2005.

These two projects build on the work done by Mr Ed Spalding, the then Head of the Counselling and Health Unit at the University of Western Sydney in 1996-7. He distributed a survey at the TCMA conference in 1996 and wrote a working paper for senior management about how the university might relate to chaplains and vice versa on the basis of the results. TCMA is grateful for permission to make this research available.