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MCHAMP Grant Announcement – 2021

Translational Sports Medicine Research and Athletic Return After COVID-19 Grant Application – 2021

The Michigan Center for Human Athletic Medicine and Performance (MCHAMP) announces the availability of funds to support translational sports medicine research of athletic return to play after COVID-19. Funding is provided by a gift from the New York Mets Foundation via MCHAMP, directed by Asheesh Bedi, MD.

Proposals may involve:

• biomedical science,
• clinical physiology and pathophysiology,
• psychiatric and mental health,
• rehabilitation and performance,
• patient reported outcomes, or
• behavioral and social science research.

MCHAMP has a particular interest in studies that pursue mechanisms of sports medicine health, injury, or disease that, if successful, improve health and wellness in athletes, of all ages, at all levels of performance.

Eligibility:
Grant funding is available only to those who have full-time faculty positions at the University of Michigan. At least one investigator of the research team should be a member of the MCHAMP. As a requirement of receiving these funds awardees must agree to present their findings at the MCHAMP annual meeting, cite funding support from MCHAMP in submitted papers, and provide a written update to the New York Mets Foundation at the mid-point and conclusion of the study. Resultant peer-reviewed publication(s) and plan for extramural grant submission based on pilot work is required.

Funding: We expect to fund four (4) pilot grants of $25,000 each. The grants will be administered by the MCHAMP with no indirect costs available to the grantee department/division. Funds are generally not made available for equipment purchases.

Review criteria: To be deemed meritorious, projects must demonstrate relevance to the MCHAMP mission (https://mchamp.med.umich.edu/about/). Additional factors that may be considered in funding decisions include: (1) advancement of a new collaboration between a basic scientist and clinician, (2) multi-disciplinary teams with representation from the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine, (3) career development of junior investigators toward an independent sports medicine research program, and (4) utilization of the MCHAMP research committee members. A closing report with resultant peer-reviewed publications and subsequent submissions for extramural grant funding is a requirement. Applications will be reviewed in a blinded fashion by a MCHAMP Scientific Advisory Committee.

Application Procedure:
Full proposals should be submitted via the MCHAMP Grant Application Google Form (link) by March 31, 2021. Full proposal should be drafted using the Microsoft Word Document Application Template (link). All applications will be reviewed for scientific merit by ad hoc expert peer reviewers selected from MCHAMP Leadership. We hope to notify awardees of funding decisions by early spring, with funding likely to be available by June 1, 2021. IRB and/or IACUC approvals, as appropriate, must be obtained prior to disbursement of funds.

Questions regarding this program should be addressed via email to Joshua Rupert (jdrupert@med.umich.edu).