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.

All grant applicants should pay special attention to 50 Million Strong, SHAPE America's ongoing initiative to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs. Please get more information here.

2017-2018 Grant Program

We will have more information about the 2017-2018 Research Grant program in October. Please check back at that time.

Research Grant Guidelines
Research Grant Application

Questions about the SHAPE America Research Grant Program may be directed by email to: or by phone to: 703-476-3455.

2016-17 Grant Recipients

The 2016-2017 Research Grant Program resulted in the Research Council funding three Early Career Investigator Grants (for up to $5,000 each) and three Graduate Student Grants (for up to $2,500 each). The recipients are:

Early Career Investigator Grants

  • Ali Brian, University of South Carolina
  • Justin Haegele, Old Dominion University
  • Luciana Braga, California State University-Chico

Graduate Student Grants

  • Alan Chu, University of North Texas
  • Jeffrey Colburn, University of Texas
  • Kim Clevenger, Michigan State University 

Past Grantees and Grant Summaries

Proposal Tips

Take a look at our tips on creating a successful proposal.

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