SHARP Pilot Studies
SHARP makes annual awards to support pilot studies that shed light on important issues relating to sport and physical activity for women and girls. The Center is particularly interested in projects that can inform policy conversations and issues. Collaborative and/or interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.
Research teams must be led by a principal investigator from the University of Michigan; however team members may include faculty from other universities; sport, health, or physical activity professionals; graduate students; postdoctoral fellows; and/or research scientists. Funds may be used as seed money or to support ongoing activities.
SHARP plans to fund as many as four 18-month proposals each year, with a maximum of $15,000 per award.
Priority topics of interest include:
- The relationship between women’s health across the lifespan and sport and/or physical activity (i.e., healthy weight management, nutrition, health risk behaviors);
- Women’s experience in sport in varying historical or cultural contexts (i.e., Title IX);
- Sport injuries (i.e., concussions; knee, elbow, shoulder injuries; prevalence in women and girls);
- Injury prevention (i.e., programs designed to improve sport training and competition and reduce sport-related injuries);
- The business of women’s sport (economics, marketing, sponsorship of sport, consumer behavior);
- Employment/Career/Leadership (climate for women in sport business, issues related to opportunity and discrimination).
For more information about SHARP research awards, please consult the Request for Proposals.
SHARP Pilot Study Grant Recipients
Cathleen M. Connell, Ph.D. (School of Public Health: Health Behavior and Education)
Patterns of Physical Activity among a National Sample of Older Women with Diabetes
James T. Eckner, M.D. (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
A Novel Assessment of Head Impact Biomechanics in Female Athletes
Kathryn Heinze Ph.D. (Kinesiology: Sport Management)
Who Will Pay for Girls to Play? Assessing the Influence of Individual and Community-level Factors on Support for Girls’ Sports
Scott McLean Ph.D. (Kinesiology: Athletic Training)
Habitual Loading and the Maturing Female Knee: Reducing the Risk of ACL Injuries
Susan Woolford, M.D., M.P.H. (Medical School: Pediatrics)
Hair, Activity, Identity and Race (HAIR) Study