"Exercise Science Grant Proposals"
GUIDELINES FOR MARC STUDENT RESEARCH GRANT AWARD I. PURPOSE The Student Research Grant Award is designed to support a student member of the Mid- Atlantic Regional Chapter (MARC) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to conduct research in the area of sport and exercise science. It is the intent of this award to provide a student with the unique experience of participating in all steps of a competitive research grant application. Funding for this award is provided through the ACSM Foundation. Awarding of the grant will comply with the provisions of the guidelines, available from the MARC Home Office (see web site at http://www.marcacsm.org/). A maximum of one grant award of $500 will be made each year. II. ELIGIBILITY Applicants for this award must be registered as full-time undergraduate or graduate students, at any of the colleges or universities within the MARC geographical area. Applicants must also be a student member in good standing of MARC. Only one grant application is permitted per student for each grant review cycle. Applicants and awardees from previous years may submit a new application for subsequent awards, provided they meet all other requirements. III. AREAS OF RESEARCH The proposed area of research may be in any field of exercise science or sports medicine. It may involve animal or human studies, or computer modeling. The research must be conducted principally by the student awardee. However, the research may be part of a larger project, provided it is sufficiently unique that the student functions as a principal investigator on a portion of the project. IV. TERMS OF THE GRANT AWARD Research grant funds will be awarded for one year from the date of the announcement at the annual MARC meeting (usually held in October-November of each year). Any unobligated funds at the end of the 12-month period will be returned to MARC. The $500 grant award may be used to support any aspect of the student's research, with the following exceptions: A. No portion of the money may be used in INDIRECT COSTS. B. No portion of the money may be used for TRAVEL to attend professional meetings or to attend training/certification courses. After receipt of the grant award the student will be invited to make a scientific presentation at the next annual MARC meeting. The presentation will enable the student to give an overview of their award winning research proposal, as well as to present progress and preliminary data. It is intended, in part, to be an encouragement to other students to submit proposals. The annual meeting coordinator, in consultation with the student awardee, will determine if the presentation will be a poster or oral communication. In either case, the presentation will be highlighted as a recipient of the Student Research Grant Award. V. REVIEW CYCLE Announcements concerning the Student Research Grant Award will be included in the MARC newsletter and on the website and will include information on the application process and deadlines. The completed application package must be received by the MARC Home Office no later than the published abstract deadline. The MARC Home Office will mail copies of each student’s application to members of the Student Research Awards Committee. Committee members will review all applications and make a funding decision. Announcement of the student awardee will be made at the next annual MARC meeting. A plaque and check for $500.00 will be mailed shortly thereafter to the administrative official of the awardee’s institution. The check will be made payable to the student. VI. APPLICATION PROCESS A. DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS: October 6, 2010. Mail the original and three (3) copies of all materials to: MARC–ACSM Home Office Attn: MARC Student Research Grant Award c/o Dan Drury, Ph.D. MARC Executive Director Dept of Health Sciences Gettysburg College Box: Campus Box 0432 Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400 B. LETTER OF ASSURANCE 1. Both the student and full-time faculty member of the student's institution must sign a letter of assurance, and submit the letter with the application proposal. 2. The faculty member must state they have read the student's proposal, found it acceptable, and agree to be the student's advisor and provide professional support during this project. 3. Both the student and the faculty advisor must agree that any funds awarded through this application will be used solely in accordance with these guidelines, all research will be conducted in accordance with approved practices governing animal and/or human use, and appropriate citation for this funding support will be included in any publication resulting from this research. C. RESEARCH PROPOSAL 1. Enclosure (1) provides the outline form for preparing the research proposal. The format must be followed exactly. 2. Numbering of pages begins with the TITLE PAGE. Start each new section on a separate page. 3. Strictly adhere to the page limitations for each section. Sections II-VI that exceed their page limit will receive a 0.5 penalty score added to the respective section(s). D. REVIEW OF THE RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL 1. All proposals will be reviewed by members of the Student Research Awards Committee. 2. Proposals will be evaluated using a 1.00-5.00 scale, where 1.0 is POOR and 5.0 is OUTSTANDING. Sections II through VI of each proposal will be graded individually by each member of the committee, using the 1.0-5.0 scale for each section. Each committee member will compute an overall score. The overall scores for each proposal will be obtained and the mean of the overall score will be calculated. The proposal with the highest overall mean score will be declared the winner. 3. In the event of a tie among proposals, the President of MARC will review the tied proposals in the manner cited in paragraph 2 to determine the winner. 4. No person shall serve on the grant proposal review process that is: a) an advisor to a student applicant, or b) who is a faculty member of that student's institution. In the event of such a conflict of interest, the Executive Committee of MARC will appoint another member of MARC to serve as a reviewer. 5. All applicants will receive the overall score of their proposal and the score of the winning proposal. In addition, each student will receive an average score for each section of their proposal as a learning tool for their use. ENCLOSURE (1) RESEARCH PROPOSAL OUTLINE I. TITLE PAGE (begin consecutive page numbering here) A. Limit: one page B. Contents: 1. Title of project 2. Name of student investigator 3. Institution and address for correspondence 4. Date of submission 5. Name, title, address of institution's administrative officer 6. Name and signature of student investigator 7. Name and signature of faculty advisor II. ABSTRACT (graded 1.00-5.00) A. Limit: one page, double-spaced B. Contents: Describe the background and rationale for the study. Outline the methodological approach to be used and anticipated results. Summarize the relevance of this research to areas of exercise science or sports medicine. III. BACKGROUND AND LITERATURE REVIEW (graded 1.00-5.00) A. Limit: two pages, double-spaced B. Contents: Provide a background of the particular area related to your research proposal. State existing problems, what is known about the problem, and what remains to be solved. Cite relevant literature in this research area. Number literature citations in accordance with instructions in the LITERATURE section of this outline. IV. SPECIFIC AIMS AND HYPOTHESES (graded 1.00-5.00) A. Limit: one page, double-spaced B. Contents: State the specific aims of the study or the hypotheses to be tested. Provide a rationale for each objective, with particular reference to how the outcome of your study might prove or disprove a hypothesis. Include what is original about your proposal. Also include how the funding of this grant ($500) will be used in your research. V. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND METHODS (graded 1.00-5.00) A. Limit: two pages, double-spaced B. Contents: 1. Include the number of animals or human subjects to be used, along with the appropriate statement that use of animals or humans has been reviewed and approved by your corresponding institutional review committee. Attach a copy of the approval letter or form to the proposal. Provide a concise outline of the experimental protocol. Indicate, where necessary, what constitutes control or experimental groups. 2. State what variables are to be measured, how they will be made, and any needed calibration procedures to be used. Certain measures or assays may be cited by literature reference for brevity. VI. ANTICIPATED RESULTS AND SIGNIFICANCE (graded 1.00-5.00) A. Limit: one page, double-spaced B. Contents: Discuss how your measurements will support or refute each hypothesis. Include how this research will significantly advance understandings in this particular area of exercise science or sports medicine. VII .LITERATURE CITATION A. Limit: two pages, single-space each reference, double-space between citations B. Contents: Follow the citation format used in the journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Arrange citations alphabetically by the last name of the first author and number them in sequence. Reference the citation within the text of the proposal by its number.