The Student Mini Research Grant is open to final year undergraduate students and postgraduate students and is available to fund biomechanics research projects in an environment that provides strong mentorship from an established researcher. The grant is designed to assist the student in the early stages of their professional development to encourage the pursuit of biomechanics research.


Funds Available / Allowable Costs

 ISBS funds up to two awards per year, each award may be up to €1000.

 Applications in one or more of the following areas are encouraged:

  • Sports / Exercise biomechanics
  • Development of biomechanical methods/ instrumentation
  • Fundamental movement biomechanics
  • Paediatric/ gerontology exercise biomechanics
  • Sports engineering
  • Biomechanics of injury prevention and rehabilitation in sport / exercise


The Student Mini Research Grant is available to fund research for up to one year in duration (this may be a specific part of a student’s PhD research).


The applicant must be supervised by an established researcher who is a current ISBS member.

The student’s supervisor is expected to administer the funding.

Must be enrolled as a final year undergraduate or a graduate student at the time of application.

Allowable Costs

  • Participant expenses (travel to testing, refreshments during testing)
  • Dissemination of findings (poster printing, workshop attendance, publication charge)
  • Lab consumables for data collection
  • Software costs for data processing

Application Guidelines

Applications should include the following:

  • A research proposal of up to five A4 pages (single spaces, Arial size 12 font) to include: the research background (including key references), aim, purpose and hypotheses, study design, methods, timetable for data collection/ processing and writing up and costings.
  • A CV of the applicant (2-3 pages in length), including contact information, education, awards and list of publications where relevant.
  • A one-page letter of support from the supervisor, confirming their involvement. The supervisor must be a member of ISBS at the time of application.

Conditions of Funding

Successful applicants that receive the funding are expected to:

  • Present their work at an ISBS conference within the following two years*
  • Prepare a 1 page report for the ISBS newsletter 1 year after receiving the funding
  • Acknowledge the ISBS grant when presenting/ publishing the associated work

 * Additional information

To support presentation of their work at a future ISBS conference, successful applicants are encouraged to apply for the ISBS travel grant and will be given priority for this grant providing a paper of acceptable quality is submitted.

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 research project and environment
  • Suitability of the supervisor for the research area

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 June 2018. Announcement of successful applicants will be made at the annual ISBS conference and also via the ISBS website and newsletter.

Successful Grant Applications

Student Recipient
Research Mentor(s) 
Project Title
Associated Proceedings Paper 
Qipeng Song
Shanghai University of Sport
Prof Dewei Mao
Shanghai University of Sport
Effect of Tai Chi Exercise on Body Stability under Dual Task Condition Among the Elderly during Stair Walking TBC
Stephanie Moore
Northern Michigan University
Dr Gerda Strutzenberger
University of Salzburg
Dr Sarah Breen
Northern Michigan University
Biomechanical Adaptations to an Implemented Heel Lift in Female Alpine Skiers