Description

This grant will provide funds to support full ISBS members (1 x ECR and 1 x developing researcher) to travel to an established ISBS member’s or applied organisation’s lab. The purpose of the visit is to allow the applicant to learn new techniques, collect data, develop research skills, bridge the gap between research and practice and build collaborative sports biomechanics networks. Visits may be to a research lab or applied organisation that utilises sports biomechanics (e.g. National Governing Body or footwear/ equipment manufacturer).


Funds Available / Allowable Costs

  • Up to €2000 each (depending on cost of visit) to support travel costs and accommodation/ subsistence.
  • Full anticipated costings and details of other current financial support to be provided with application.

Duration

  • Visits are for a duration of 4-8 weeks.

Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility:

  • ECR less than 3 years post-PhD graduation (not including verified absence due to sickness, maternity, paternity). Developing Researcher >3 years post-completion of PhD.
  • Current member of ISBS in good standing and with a minimum of one year’s membership.

 Host Eligibility:

  •  Academic Host Must:
    • Be a full-time employees of their university.
    • Be external to the applicant’s current university/ employer and preferably, country.
    • Be a member of ISBS for minimum of five consecutive years.
    • Have authored of at least four ISBS papers (minimum two as first author) in the past five years.
    • Have at least five years’ experience of mentoring young researchers.

 Preference will be given for travel to the labs of Dyson lecturers, Life Members and Fellows of ISBS.

  • Applied Organisation Must:
    • Be an established applied organisation that benefits from sports biomechanics.
    • Be external to the applicant’s current university/ employer.
    • Have clear knowledge transfer possibility either for applicant to learn new skills or to translate applicant’s research into practice.

To broaden the number of eligible applied hosts, Applied organisations do not need to be a current ISBS member but would be expected to join if the visit is funded.


Application Guidelines

  • Researcher / ISBS member must apply, these grants are specifically for full ISBS members.
  • One application per visiting and host institution per year (one institution could both host and visit).
  • 5-6 page application
    • 1 page cover letter: purpose of visit; why the host lab, what they hope to achieve from the visit, how it will help to develop their research career.
    • 2-3 page CV: qualifications and skills, list of publications, work, previous experience, etc.
    • 2 page project proposal: costings, goals, timelines, alignment with host lab expertise, etc.
    • Additional letters of support from applicant’s Head of Department and the proposed host.
  • Applications submitted to VP R&P, who will rank proposals and decide on those to fund with help from a sub-committee for research grants (to be formed from members of the ISBS board).

Conditions of Funding

  • A short (500 word) report to the ISBS newsletter to be submitted within six months of the visit ending.
  • Submission of a full paper to ISBS conference OR a paper to Sports Biomechanics within 12 months of completion.
  • ISBS Mobility Grant to be acknowledged on any resulting publications.
  • Submit a log of weekly activities (agreed/ signed by host) to a nominated member of the ISBS board of directors upon completion of the visit.

Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

A review committee will be formed of good standing ISBS members. The VP for Research and Projects will be responsible for forming the review committee. The two highest ranked proposals will be funded. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Fit of the project to the research objectives described above
  • Quality and suitability of the proposed visit and aims
  • Suitability of the host for the research area
  • How the grant will be utilised to develop the ISBS member’s research career

How to Apply

  • Applications should be submitted to the VP of Research and Projects, Dr Tim Exell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) via email by 20th May 2018. Announcement of successful applicants will be made at the ISBS conference in Cologne and also via the ISBS website and newsletter.