Research Grant Program

Over $600,000 in funding has been awarded through the SHAPE America Research Grant Program since its inception in 1997. The program is administered through the Research Council and is designed to fund member projects of value to the SHAPE America professions.

Thomas L. McKenzie Research Award

The Thomas L. McKenzie Research Award promotes the development of future researchers in the field of physical education, physical activity, and public health. To support this purpose, SHAPE America will provide one or more annual awards of up to $2,000 to graduate students or early career professionals (within 4 years of graduation) who are members of SHAPE America.

Primary consideration will be given to the study of physical activity in natural environments such as schools, parks, and home settings (not laboratories) and as it relates to disease prevention (not rehabilitation). Funds will be used for the study of behavior, not mentalistic (e.g., self-concept, literacy) or biological (e.g., heart rate, cholesterol) outcomes. Studies can relate to the promotion of physical activity at the individual, group, or societal (e.g., policy) level.

After reviewing the eligibility and grantee requirements, please send your application AND submit a one-page letter to Dr. Tan Zhang ([email protected]) by December 10 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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2023 Early Career Investigator Grant Recipient

Xiaoxia Zhang Headshot

    Xiaoxia Zhang, Centenary College of Louisiana

    Movements and cognitive and mental health in children with autism.

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