Competitive Grant Awards

About the Program

The Competitive Grant Program provides funding for research projects, travel to support research collaborations, and travel to the ASB Annual meeting. The applications and requirements for each award are described below.

Junior Faculty Research Award (JFRA)

ASB Junior Faculty Research Award (JFRA)

The purpose of this program is to support early career ASB regular members pursuing biomechanics research by offering a source of research funding. The grants are distributed on a competitive basis and are intended to offset the costs directly associated with conducting research. Funds may be used for small equipment items, materials and supplies, and animal or participant costs, and $1000 can be used to support graduate student stipends or hourly pay (as of 2018), but no indirect costs of research. ASB anticipates awarding one grant of $5000 for a one-year period beginning in July each year.

The deadline for submission of ASB Junior Faculty Award applications is February 28 of each year. Complete information about this award can be found at this link. Applications should be submitted electronically as one pdf document to the Awards Chair via the linked Google Form.

Past JFRA Award Winners

2019

Robert D. Catena

Obstacle avoidance during pregnancy: determining the role of strength and joint position sense

2018

Natalie Holt

The effect of skeletal muscle activation on the force-length relationship: implications for crossbridge theory and musculoskeletal modelling

2017

Jacqueline H. Cole

Changes in the Osteovascular Niche Following Ischemic Stroke in Mice

Graduate Student Grant-In-Aid Program

The purpose of this program is to support ASB student members pursuing biomechanics research by offering a source of research funding. The grants are distributed on a competitive basis and are intended to offset the costs directly associated with conducting research. Funds may be used for small equipment items, materials and supplies, animal or participant (including participant travel) costs, and statistical consulting services or other research-services. Funds cannot be used to support researcher travel costs, salaries or indirect costs of research. ASB anticipates awarding 3-5 grants of $2000 each for a one-year period beginning in May each year.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a student member of ASB or have a membership application received by the Membership Chair no later than the deadline for the GIA application in December. In addition, the student’s academic advisor must be a member in good standing of the American Society of Biomechanics.

The application must include:

  1. Name of the applicant and the title of the project
  2. Abstract of about 150 words
  3. Significance of and need for the research
  4. Specific aims and hypotheses to be examined
  5. Overview of the methods to be employed
  6. Reference list
  7. Itemized budget (note that ASB does not pay indirect costs for the GIA)
  8. Curriculum vita of the applicant
  9. Letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor/supervisor
  10. Name and mailing address of the fiscal agent at the institution responsible for handling any grant funds provided, and the recipient title that should appear on the check.

Sections 1 to 7 of the application should not exceed seven double-spaced pages. Page margins should not be less than 1 inch and font size no less than 11 point (9 point for the references). Since applications are distributed electronically for review, neither letterhead graphics nor electronic signatures are required on the letter of recommendation.

An evaluation committee selected by the education chair of the American Society of Biomechanics will review applications, with funding to be distributed by the beginning of April. It is expected that recipients will present their research at the annual ASB meeting in the year following receipt of a GIA. For example, those receiving funding distributed in 2012 will be expected to attend and present at the annual ASB conference in 2013.

Questions concerning the Grant-in-Aid program and applications should be sent via email to the ASB Education chair. Application components should be collected into a single PDF file for transmission.

Deadline for submission of graduate student Grant-in-Aid applications is December 1, 2012.

Research Travel Grant

A Research Travel Grant is offered to foster collaborative research and interaction among scientists by helping to offset the cost of travel to a host institution. All ASB regular members are eligible to apply.  Travel and lodging costs are covered.  Budget requests may be up to $1000.  Matching funds from the candidate’s or host’s institution are desirable, but not required. This grant is not for travel to the annual ASB meeting.

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter
  • current curriculum vitae
  • letter from host indicating support for the travel
  • a synopsis (2 pages maximum) describing the purpose of the travel, and a detailed budget with justification

A short report (1 page maximum) explaining the significant outcomes of the travel must be submitted following the completion of the travel (to be published in the ASB newsletter). 

Applications should be submitted electronically as one pdf document to the Awards Chair via the linked Google Form.

 

Deadline for submission: March 1

Student Travel Awards

Student Travel Awards are offered to help students attend the ASB annual meeting. To be eligible, one must be an ASB student member and must have authored an abstract for presentation at the annual meeting.  If more than one application is received by students of the same advisor, only one will be funded.  Each award will be for $250.

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a letter from advisor discussing both need and merit

Abstracts ultimately must be accepted for presentation (podium or poster) at the annual meeting for students to be eligible and funding is contingent upon attendance at the annual meeting. The application deadline is the abstract submission deadline for ASB annual meeting.

Applications should be submitted electronically as one pdf document to the Awards Chair via the linked Google Form.

ASB Diversity Travel Award

The American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) Diversity Travel award is being offered again for the 2021 meeting. The purpose of the Diversity Travel Award is to encourage diversity and inclusion at the Virtual 45th Meeting (August 10 – 13, 2021) of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) by supporting attendance of individuals from diverse backgrounds. These awards provide free registration.  ASB anticipates awarding approximately 20 awards.

Deadline for submission of ASB Diversity Travel award applications is May 31, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time. Questions and applications can be submitted electronically to the ASB Diversity Committee Chair. An evaluation committee selected by the ASB Diversity Committee Chair will review applications, with announcements of awards expected by May 28, 2021.

Download further information on the awards, eligibility and application process HERE.

Up and Comer Award

The new “Up and Comer” Award, sponsored by the ASB Council of Fellows, is intended to foster mentoring and networking of post-doctoral trainees and early career faculty with ASB Fellows of similar research interests. To encourage diversity and inclusion in biomechanics, applicants should identify as being from an underrepresented group with preference given to applicants from institutions that are HBCU / minority serving.

For 2021, awardees will receive $1,000 to support travel to visit with their ASB Fellow mentor and free registration to the Virtual 45th Annual Meeting (August 10-13, 2021) of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB). Approximately three post-doctoral and three early career faculty awards are anticipated.

Deadline for submission of the Up and Comer Awards applications is July 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time. Questions and applications can be submitted electronically to the ASB Awards Committee Chair. An evaluation committee selected by the ASB Council of Fellows will review applications, with announcements of awards expected by July 31, 2021.

Submission Materials

  • Full CV with educational history, research experience, and service accomplishments
  • One-page (maximum) cover letter briefly describing:
    1. Current career stage and position (Post-doc or Early Career Faculty)
    2. Identify your eligibility as being from an underrepresented group (see below)
    3. Career goals in Biomechanics
    4. Barriers which support a need for mentorship
    5. Areas for mentorship and potential mentors (name 2-3 ASB Fellows), describing how the mentorship activities (name 1-2) will advance your career. Here are some sample activities:
      1. Regular meetings with the ASB Fellow mentor
      2. In-person visit with ASB Fellow (and laboratory team)
      3. Virtual visit(s) with ASB Fellow (and laboratory team)
      4. Joint laboratory meeting(s) with ASB Fellow (and laboratory team)

Eligibility

To be eligible, an applicant must be a member of ASB and identify as being from any group that has been historically disadvantaged or under-represented in research disciplines. Eligibility is based on NIH guidelines as follows:

The goal of this award is to promote diversity in the Biomechanics research workforce. It is recognized that underrepresentation can vary by experience and from setting to setting and includes racial or ethnic groups, disability, disadvantaged backgrounds, or related hardships.

Deadline for submission: July 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time