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SHARP makes annual awards to support pilot studies that shed light on important issues relating to sport and physical activity for women and girls. The Center is particularly interested in projects that can inform policy conversations and issues. Collaborative and/or interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.
Research teams must be led by a principal investigator from the University of Michigan; however, team members may include faculty from other universities; sport, health, or physical activity professionals; graduate students; postdoctoral fellows; and/or research scientists. Funds may be used as seed money or to support ongoing activities.
SHARP plans to fund as many as four 18-month proposals each year, with a maximum of $15,000 per award.
Priority topics of interest include:
- The relationship between women’s health across the lifespan and sport and/or physical activity (e.g., healthy weight management, nutrition, health risk behaviors)
- Women’s experience in sport in varying historical or cultural contexts (e.g., Title IX)
- Sport injuries (e.g., concussions; knee, elbow, shoulder injuries; prevalence in women and girls)
- Injury prevention (i.e., programs designed to improve sport training and competition and reduce sport-related injuries)
- The business of women’s sport (economics, marketing, sponsorship of sport, consumer behavior)
- Employment/Career/Leadership (climate for women in sport business, issues related to opportunity and discrimination)
For more information about SHARP research awards, please consult the most recent Request for Proposals, which is limited to Title IX research. (PDF).