The US Lacrosse Center for Sport Science is accepting research grant applications that will investigate issues within the broad discipline of sports medicine.  For full consideration, grant proposals should be received by May 25, 2018. Funding decisions will be announced by US Lacrosse in July, with grants distributed in August.

Primary topics of interest for the Center for Sport Science, in order of importance, are youth athlete development, youth league epidemiology, youth head injury, lower extremity injury, rule implementation, and protective equipment.

US Lacrosse grant awards are designed to provide partial support for original scientific investigations and unique investigations ranging anywhere from small/pilot projects, up to significant projects that include well documented prior research. 

Guidelines and instructions for the grant applications are available online (PDF). 

The Center for Sport Science expects to fund yearly projects with direct costs of no more than $35,000 annually. Grant proposals may include multi-year studies, however, funding for subsequent years is highly dependent upon performance and available funds.

Grantee institutions are expected to provide all necessary basic facilities and services that normally would be expected to exist in any institution qualified to undertake such research.

"As the national governing body for lacrosse, one of our highest organizational priorities is the advancement of player safety,” said Bruce Griffin, director of the Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse. “We anticipate that the studies that we fund will provide insightful scientific data that will help us better understand how changes to the game and educational initiatives can affect player safety, as well as how equipment can have an impact on safety.” 

Formed in 1999, the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee takes a closer look at injury prevention and sports medicine issues involved with the game of lacrosse. The committee also serves in an advisory role for the US Lacrosse Center for Sport Science. The Center is devoted to research, education, collaboration, policy development, and best practices guidelines that benefit the safety and wellness of lacrosse players, with a particular focus on youth players. 
 

Questions

Inquiries about the research grant application and process can be submitted to US Lacrosse via email.

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