Participant Research Study

The American Society of Biomechanics is continuing the Participant Research Study, which was first successfully piloted at the 2012 ASB annual meeting. As we return to in-person conference experiences, our annual meetings will again be attended by many experimentalists that appreciate the difficulty of obtaining large test subject sample sizes. This call for proposals offers ASB members the opportunity to propose research studies that will benefit from the recruitment of test subjects from among the conference attendees. Proposal submissions are now open.

Important Points

  • Conference attendee participation in a research study is voluntary and not mandatory
  • Investigators will use their own funds to sponsor the proposed study. ASB will not provide any financial support for the study
  • Preliminary results from approved studies are expected to be presented at the subsequent Annual Meeting of ASB
  • The Principal Investigator must be an ASB member in good standing
  • If the research is affiliated with a company (e.g. the Principal Investigator holds an industry position, is supported in any way by the company, or has a personal stake in the company), additional conditions apply:
    • There is a distinction between “research” and “product development”. Research is defined as being both systematic and generalizable, and would qualify as the sort of information that could/should be presented in an abstract to a subsequent Annual Meeting.   In contrast, product development is specific to a particular product and has little value to the outside biomechanics world.  For example, validation of a particular method/approach may be considered “research”, while validation of a specific singular device or software package that implements that method would be considered “product development”. Proposals may cover research, but not product development.
    • Any time companies are sponsoring research, whether in collaboration with an academic partner or on their own, all conflicts of interest should be clearly disclosed and all funding sources should be obvious to participants
  • Submissions are now open and are open until December 12, 2022
  • Submit proposals using button below to the ASB Program Chair, Ross Miller. Please also direct any questions to the ASB Program Chair.

Study Design

  • Research study topics, methodology (e.g., kinematics, kinetics, EMG, imaging, survey, etc.), and subject compensation are open to the discretion of the investigators
  • Experimental protocols must be short so as to minimize impact on conference attendee’s time (1-20 minutes per subject)
  • Investigators are expected to make their own arrangements for necessary experimental equipment. Investigators may use their own equipment, or partner with investigator(s) near the conference venue (e.g., the Knoxville Convention Center) or vendors/exhibitors that plan to attend the conference
  • The number of available testing hours and/or testing days will depend on the number and types of proposed studies and the available facilities
  • Investigators must obtain IRB approval from their home institution. IRB approval is not necessary at the time of proposal submission, but must be approved before the Annual Meeting and submitted to the aforementioned ASB chair a minimum of two weeks before the conference start.
    • In addition, experimental protocols must be performed at the conference venue (i.e., the Knoxville Convention Center) and thus should follow all necessary health and safety guidelines:
    • With that stipulation, investigators need only work with their own institution’s IRB office and do not require additional local ethics committee review
  • Selected applications will work with the ASB local organizers to address logistical issues

Proposal Format

  • Proposals should be no more than 5 pages (single spaced), not including references
  • Proposals must include the following:
    • Title, Investigator names, Institutions, Contact information for the PI
    • Clear disclosure of any relevant corporate affiliations / sponsorship
    • Affirmation that PI is an ASB member in good standing (regular or student)
    • Description of research study that includes at a minimum:
      • Background/significance
      • Experimental approach including:
        • Intended subject demographics, recruitment plans/needs, and desired number of total test subjects
        • Experimental methodology
        • Expected test subject time commitment
        • Desired number of testing hours and/or testing days (minimum and preferred)
        • Plans/needs for experimental testing facility and/or equipment
        • Collaborations with other investigator(s) or vendors/exhibitors, if applicable
        • Plans for obtaining IRB approval
        • Plans for subject compensation or no compensation
        • Expected source of funding, if necessary
        • Statement of potential conflicts of interest
  • Submissions are due by December 12, 2022 for consideration

Review Process

  • Proposals will be evaluated by the ASB Program Committee
  • Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality and feasibility of the proposal and appropriateness for the ASB research community
  • Submissions are due by December 12, 2022
  • The PI will be notified by January 15, 2023 if the project is approved

The number of approved projects will depend on proposed study designs and facility requirements.