Research Grant Program

Over $600,000 in funding has been awarded through the SHAPE America Research Grant Program since its inception in 1997. The program is administered through the Research Council and is designed to fund member projects of value to the SHAPE America professions.

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2016-2017 Grant Program

The 2016-2017 Research Grant Program materials are located below. The deadline for submitting a Phase I Application is December 9th, 2016.

Information and Guidelines
Phase I Application - Due December 9th

The maximum amount awarded for the Early Career Investigator is $5,000.  The maximum awarded for the Graduate Student Grant is $2,500.

Please send all completed applications to


Questions about the SHAPE America Research Grant Program may be directed by email to: or by phone to: 703-476-3410.

2015-16 Grant Recipients

The 2015-2016 Research Grant Program resulted in the Research Council funding three Early Career Investigator Grants (for up to $5,000 each) and five Graduate Student Grants (for up to $2,500 each). The recipients are:

Early Career Investigator Grants

  • Jihyun Lee, Sam Houston State University
  • Jihoun An, East Carolina University
  • Jooyeon Jin, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Graduate Student Grants

  • Ryan Sacko, University of South Carolina
  • Kim Rogers, Oregon State University 
  • June Lee, University of Minnesota
  • Jingwen Liu, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Kibum Cho, West Virginia University

Past Grantees and Grant Summaries

Proposal Tips

Take a look at our tips on creating a successful proposal.

Helpful Tips