Funding Opportunities for Researchers

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.

Remote Clinical Studies to Improve the Health and Safety of Football Players

Up to $150,000

October 13, 2017


The Football Players Health Study seeks to support innovative research studies that have substantial potential to impact the health and wellbeing of future, current, or former football players. To date, we have solicited data from thousands of former football players, from all over the country regarding the conditions that affect them most.

Among these conditions are pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. Proposals related to these topics, in addition to others that address common diagnoses observed in professional football players, will be considered.

Since our target population is dispersed across the country, we are committed to supporting interventions and/or assessments that could be performed remotely. Applications should contribute to our understanding of risk factors, prevention strategies, and potentially interventions to mitigate injury or disease that may affect professional football players.


Principal Investigator (PI) Eligibility

Any faculty member who holds a Harvard University appointment, such as research scientist/associate, lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor, irrespective of degree or institutional affiliation, is eligible to be the PI.

Note that investigators are eligible to apply as a PI if approved by and with the support of their division director or department chair. Documentation of departmental support, the investigator’s appointment title, and status at Harvard will require a letter from the division director or department chair to be submitted with the full application.

Co-Investigator (Co-I) Eligibility

A Co-I is a substantial contributor who helps conceive of the experimental idea, contributes to the intellectual development of the project, and/or designs the study or part thereof (scientific or technical details), and will be involved in the study throughout the funding year. Co-Is can be from any institution, however if you are a working with a Co-I from an outside institution, please provide justification of how the external expertise adds to the project. While trainees (e.g. students, clinical trainees, post-doctoral fellows, clinical fellows) cannot serve as the PI on an application, they may serve as Co-Is if they make a substantial contribution to the project.

A Co-I is not required, nor is there a limit to the number of Co-Is that may be listed on an application.

Researchers may submit only one application as PI, however may be listed as a Co-I on multiple applications.


To apply, review RFA and FAQs. Deadline to submit the application is October 13, 2017, 5:00pm EDT.

Key Dates

Applications Due: October 13, 2017
Funding Decisions Announced: Late November 2017
Anticipated Funding Start Date: March 1, 2018




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

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