Grant Program

Ultra-Endurance Sports Science & Medicine Grant Program

Ultra-Endurance Sports Science & Medicine supports basic, applied, clinical and behavioral research associated with ultra-endurance sports via grants up to $5,000-10,000 (US). Research directly applicable to ultra-endurance sports, as well as research using ultra-endurance activities as models for other physiological or psychological stress, is of interest. We will also consider supporting sociological, environmental and economic related research that is relevant to ultra-endurance sports. These grants are funded through donations from individuals, corporations, other non-profit organizations, and proceeds from our educational programs.

Grant Proposal Submission

The annual deadline for receipt of all proposals is November 1. Proposals should be submitted electronically to Dr. Marty Hoffman at [email protected].

Proposals should be submitted as a single pdf and include the following sections:

  • Cover Page: Include the title of the project, principal investigator’s name and contact information, and research team members with affiliations. Please also clarify the grant program for which the proposal is being submitted.
  • Abstract of the Project (1 page): Include the headings Introduction, Purpose, and Methods.
  • Narrative of Proposal (maximum 5 pages): Include the headings Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Data (if available), Experimental Design and Methodology, Anticipated Problems, and Reference Citations.
  • Biographical Sketches of the Research Team (maximum 3 pages each): Include information regarding Education, Professional Experience, Memberships and Honors, Research Support, and Publications.
  • Budget: Funding requests are best limited to $5,000-10,000 (US). Funding for major equipment items, salary support, and institutional overhead will not be provided.  Note that partial funding may be considered when budget requests appear excessive or limited resources are available. Also, we encourage leverage of funding from other sources, such as races, but evidence that such funding will be available must be provided with the submission.
  • Letters of Support: When the project is to be performed at a specific event, it is essential to provide evidence that the research has been discussed with and approved by the event organizer. This is best achieved through a letter from the event director making it clear that there is agreement on the level of support required for the project to be successful. Letters from other key individuals involved in the project may also be included in the proposal submission if the investigator believes this will clarify the level of support from these people.

Safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research funded by our organization is the responsibility of the investigator and institution with which the researcher is affiliated. The investigator must assure institutional review board (IRB) approval of the work prior to initiation of the work.

Review Process and Funding Decisions

The Research Committee, composed of scientists with combined expertise across the broad scope of ultra-endurance sports science, oversees the research program, and the review and ranking process of submitted grants.

The Research Committee will provide unbiased review of grant submissions to both grant programs. If a Committee member has involvement with a grant submission, they will be properly recused. Decisions regarding approval of proposed research will be based upon the importance, practical impact, and feasibility of the work, likelihood that the work will result in scientific publications, evidence of an appropriate risk to benefit ratio, and that the work will result in tolerable interference for the study participants and the event, if performed at a race.

It is expected that funded research will result in publishable work. Investigators funded through the Ultra-Endurance Sports Science & Medicine Grant Program are encouraged to present their findings at a future Congress on Medicine & Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports.