Pilot Funding Opportunities

We are actively seeking novel projects that propose solutions to the health conditions faced by former football players. Pilot study funding will be made available throughout the course of the Football Players Health Study, and current opportunities will be listed as they become available.

Improving the Health and Safety of Football Players


October 24, 2014


Harvard investigators at all levels. For trainees (e.g. students, clinical trainees, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows), appropriate supervision and mentoring need to be provided. All full applications will require an electronic statement of approval signed by the applicant’s division director or department chair.


To apply, all applicants must first submit a pre-proposal. Pre-proposals will be reviewed by a small committee for scientific merit, feasibility, and relevance to the health and wellbeing of current and former football players. Investigators whose pre-proposals hold the most promise will be invited to submit a full application. Full applications should be submitted only after invitation.


We are seeking proposals that have the potential to affect the health and wellbeing of future, current, or former football players. Specifically, we are looking for high-impact projects likely to yield findings and actionable results within one year.

A broad range of areas will be considered, including sport medicine studies; repetitive brain trauma; topics in wellness, gaining, and cardiovascular disease; medical ethics; and additional topics that address common diagnoses observed in professional football players, and in athletes in general. Applications in any of these areas are encouraged, but applications outside these areas will also be considered.

Key Dates

Pre-proposals Due: October 24, 2014
Pre-proposal Decisions Announced: November 26, 2014
Full Application Due: January 7, 2015
Funding Decisions Announced: Late February 2015
Anticipated Funding Start Date: May 2015





Request for Application (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

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