Paffenbarger-Blair Fund for Epidemiological Research on Physical Activity

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Paffenbarger-Blair Fund for Epidemiological Research on Physical Activity

Submissions accepted as of October 15, 2020

Application Deadline:  January 22, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST

Amount: $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.

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. Grants are open to all ACSM members, including international members. However, the NASA initiative is open to U.S. residents working in U.S. universities only.

You may contact the Research Administration and Programs Department regarding this grant at


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