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.  Please note that the grant program does not support any kind of indirect costs of research.

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.

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.

The deadline for submission: March 1, 2024.

Past JFRA Award Winners
2023 Kristyne Wiegand Determining the Effectiveness of Footwear as an Intervention for Plantar Fasciitis in Female Recreational Runners
2022 Gu Eon Kang Assessing gait in stroke survivors with an implanted vagus nerve stimulation device
2021 Brittany Heintz Walters Design and evaluation of a soft robot for hand rehabilitation
2020 Michael D. Harris The Biomechanical Consequences of Femoral Version Deformity and Surgical Correction in Patients with Hip Dysplasia
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 costs (including participant travel), 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 in good standing. This means that existing student members of ASB must renew their membership by January 15th. New members should submit their application in time to be processed and accepted as a new member by January 15th (please allow 4 – 6 weeks). In addition, the student’s academic advisor must be a member in good standing, having also renewed their membership by January 15th. Although students with the same academic advisor may apply, only one GIA per academic advisor will be granted each year.

Collaborative proposals (proposals submitted by a team of graduate students) are allowable, however only $2,000 total can be requested and all applicants must submit CVs. One letter of recommendation, commenting on the student team, should be submitted.


The application for a GIA must include the following information:

Evaluation Criteria Number of Points Number of Pages
Title Page   1 page
(no page number)
Applicant information: name, ASB membership number, email, degree expected, program, institution  
Academic advisor information: name, ASB membership number and email  
Project title  
150 word abstract  

Fiscal agent:

  • Name, title and mailing address of the person responsible for handling grant funds at the applicant’s institution
  • Name to which the check should be made payable
Research Proposal 85 points 7 pages
(number 1 to 7, incl. figures)
Background and significance of the research 30
Specific aims and hypotheses to be examined 15
Overview of the methods to be employed 30
Itemized budget and justification 5
Relevance of the proposal to biomechanics 5
References with citations in the text   No limit
Applicant 15 points No limit
Curriculum vita of the applicant 10
Signed letter of recommendation from the academic advisor on institutional letterhead 5
Total 100 points  

The GIA applications will be evaluated using the attached rubric.

Pages of 8.5” x 11” are to be used, with margins of no less than 1 inch and a font size no less than 11 point (9 point font and single-spacing is permitted for figure captions, tables and references). Not respecting the above guidelines may warrant disqualification.

Application components should be collected into a single PDF file (including recommendation letter) for transmission. Please name the PDF file GIA####_LastnameFM where #### is the current year and FM are the first and middle name initials.

GIA awards are not intended to support specific research needs which have already been financially supported through other funding mechanisms. Applicants are encouraged to describe current funding in their budget justification to make it clear that funding is still needed to support the project and does not duplicate funds that have already been allocated. At the time of award, applicants will confirm this and if budgeted items are no longer needed may be asked to alter their budget accordingly.


It is expected that recipients will attend and present their research at the annual ASB meeting in the year following receipt of GIA funding.

Questions and applications can be submitted electronically to the ASB Education Chair. An evaluation committee selected by the ASB Education Chair will review applications, with funding to be distributed in April.

Deadline for submission: January 15, 2024.

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, 2024.


Applicants will be reviewed on the criteria:

• Proposed collaboration (e.g., the ability of proposed collaboration to foster a new research relationship)
• Proposed research (e.g., quality and impact of proposed research plans)
• Budget (e.g., appropriate use of funds with a detailed budget)
• Institutional support (e.g., quality of institutional support for proposed collaboration, including indicating of matching funds when appropriate)

Past Research Travel Grant Winners
2023 Karen Troy
2022 Robert Catena

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.  The award consists of a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting. 

Applications will be managed via the abstract submission form.  Students will have the opportunity to check a box indicating their desire to be considered for a Student Travel Award. No specific materials will be required.

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.

Student Travel Winners


Bradley Moore, Northwestern University and Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Yu Song, University of Wyoming
Amanda Munsch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University
Andrew Shelton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Seth Higgins, Oakland University
Morgan Dalman, North Carolina State University
Whitney Wolff, University of Michigan
Haneol Kim, Georgia State University
Harper Stewart, University of Southern California
Grace Kellaher, University of Delaware
Lauren Luginsland, Old Dominion University
Pawel Golyski, Georgia Institute of Technology
Sarah Barron, University of Florida
Hannah Carey, West Virginia University
Blake Jones, East Carolina University
Jennifer Leestma, Georgia Institute of Technology

Up and Comer Award

The new Up and Comer Award, sponsored by the Asian◆American Institute for Research and Education (ASIAM) along with the ASB Council of Fellows, is intended to foster mentoring and networking of post-doctoral trainees and early career faculty with ASB Fellows having 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 2024, awardees will receive $1,000 to support travel to visit with their ASB Fellow mentor and free registration to ASB Annual Meeting, August 5 – 8, 2024, held in Madison, Wisconsin. Approximately three post-doctoral and three early career faculty awards are anticipated.

An evaluation committee selected by the ASB Council of Fellows will review applications, with announcements of awards expected by March 31, 2024.


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.

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)

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

Deadline for submission: March 1, 2024.

Up and Comer Award Winners


  • Erica A Bell, Mayo Clinic
  • Frankie Wade, University of Illinois


  • Christopher Nagelli, Mayo Clinic – Fellow mentor: Ted Gross
  • Manuel Enrique Hernandez, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Fellow mentor: Jill McNitt-Gray


  • Diba Mani, University of Florida — Fellow mentor: Paul DeVita
  • Brooke Odle, Hope College — Fellow mentor: Darryl Thelen
  • Hugo Giambini, The University of Texas at San Antonio — Fellow mentor: James Ashton-Miller
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