The Student Research Grant is open to final year undergraduate students and graduate 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

The total funding available is €2000, which is provided by ISBS to fund up to two student awards. Each award may be up to €1000 and is available to fund research for up to one year in duration.

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

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


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 a university at the time of application.

Allowable Costs

  • Participant expenses (travel to testing, refreshments during testing)
  • Lab consumables for data collection
  • Software / hardware costs for data processing
  • Small equipment
  • Travel to collaborating laboratory

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. Up to two highest ranked proposals will be funded. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Scientific quality of the project proposal
    • Background to the proposal
    • Quality of the application from a scientific/scholarly point of view.
    • Clarity of goals (hypotheses and research question)
    • Appropriateness of methods (including time plan)
  2. Feasibility
    • Timeline
    • Budget plan with respect to the award (spending criteria and amount)
  3. Scientific background / CV of the applicant
  4. Suitability of the supervisor and host institution

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via email by 26th April. 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 

Saša Čigoja
University of Calgary, Canada

  The relationship between the activity of intrinsic foot muscles, longitudinal arch stiffness, and midsole bending stiffness TBC
2019 Manuela Trejo
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  Effect of traction in ankle non-contact injury mechanisms TBC

Ashley Hawke
Northern Michigan University

Dr Sarah Breen
Northern Michigan University
The Effects of Shoe Type on Kinetic, Kinematic, and Physiological Variables During Step-Up and Step-Down Motions  Hawke (2018)

Jordan Andersen
The University of Sydney, Australia

Peter Sinclair
The University of Sydney, Australia
The Demands of The Torso Muscles in Controlling and Facilitating Longitudinal Torso Rotation in Sprint and 400m Pace Front Crawl.  Anderson (2018)
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 Song (2018)
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

Moore (2018)

Moore (2019)