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Research Grants/Awards

ACSM's Foundation Research Grant Program started in 1989 with one research initiative in basic and applied science, and it awarded $50,000 among five doctoral research students. In 2014, the Foundation awarded approximately $140,000 among 24 research students. Grants in this program and other programs are outlined below.

Paffenbarger-Blair Fund for Epidemiological Research on Physical Activity

Jan 15, 2016, 17:00 PM
$10,000.00 USD

Dr. Ralph S. Paffenbarger, Jr., a co-recipient of the first Olympic Prize in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, made an extraordinarily generous gift to the American College of Sports Medicine by donating his share of the award to the College's capital campaign with the monies added to the College's epidemiology endowment. The interest on this contribution makes this grant possible. The intent of this award is to encourage researchers early in their career to become involved with physical activity epidemiology. The applications may focus on observational studies of physical activity and health outcomes, or on randomized controlled trials that are clearly focused on physical activity and important public health issues.  Applicants are expected to apply within two (2) years of receiving a postgraduate degree or completion of clinical training. The award will be in the amount of $10,000 for a one year period.

The 2015 ACSM Foundation Research Grant Program application will be made available in the fall. There are two parts to the application. Both Part A and Part B must be submitted as one complete PDF application. Applicants for student research grants must have graduate student status during the term of the grant to be considered for funding. Applicants must be current members of ACSM at the time of submitting an application to be funded. Grants are open to all ACSM members, including international members. However, the NASA initiative is open to U.S. residents only.

The deadline for the 2015 grant application was 5:00 PM ET on January 16, 2015. 

NOTE: You must have Adobe Reader XI to complete the application for this grant. Adobe Reader XI is available for download at

You may contact the Research Administration and Programs Department regarding this grant at Tel: (317) 637-9200, ext. 125 or email questions to Jane Senior.

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