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Research Support Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Investigators
for Research Related to Massage Therapy

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF)

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 11:59 PM Central Time


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Grants of up to $30,000 to USA, Canada, and International researchers affiliated with universities and independent research organizations to investigate the benefits of massage. Funding is intended for high-quality, independent research with the potential to contribute to basic knowledge of massage therapy or its application.

Objectives: Awards are granted to support high quality, independent research which contributes significantly and directly to the knowledge of massage therapy and/or its application. Basic, applied, and translational research studies which investigate massage therapy as a wellness, medical, or health/mental health treatment and/or prevention intervention are supported. 

Awarded funds must be used for research expenses such as salary support (commensurate with current stipends or salaries), participant costs, equipment and supplies, dissemination expenses; travel and subsistence towards attending the American Massage Therapy Association convention to present project results (required). Any unspent funds must be returned to the Massage Therapy Foundation at the end of the grant period.

Eligible expenses include: Salaries, wages, and/or additional benefits for hourly stipend for those hired to participate in the research project; allowances for the Principal Investigator and collaborators to cover release time from other activities; a stipend for data collection; costs involved in the dissemination of the research; travel and subsistence (using federal per diem rates). Maintenance costs of equipment used in the course of the project, relevant supplies, and special equipment specific to the research proposal may be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178430

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small research grants provide support of up to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Small research grants provide support for 1 year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must demonstrate experience in the relevant field of research;
- The applicant must have access to the necessary resources (including the proposed patient population), facilities, and other resources. Letters of institutional support are required.
- Applicants outside the US are eligible to apply; however, payment of award funds must be accepted by the institution in US dollars.
- Applicants who are the Principal Investigator on a currently-funded MTF are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants must be currently associated with or have secured the cooperation of a university, independent research organization, health center, or other institution (the “Sponsoring Organization”). A Sponsoring Organization must have sufficient facilities as well as human and informational and Institutional Review Board (IRB) resources available to support the proposed research project and to perform the proposed work and expected outcomes.
- Newer investigators without prior research experience must document support from an experienced investigator willing to act as a collaborator. Collaborators should be actively involved in the development and execution of the proposed research project and should be identified as such in the staffing plan.

Research Grants are not awarded to individuals. Research Grants will not be awarded to Sponsoring Organizations which employ or otherwise have an ownership or contractual relationship with officers or trustees of the Massage Therapy Foundation, members of the Research Proposal Review Committee (“Review Committee”) or any spouses, domestic partners, children, descendant, spouses of descendants or any other individual related to any officers or trustees of the Massage Therapy Foundation or to members of the Review Committee.

Ineligible expenses include: overhead/indirect costs, rent, utilities purchase of standard equipment such as a computer; massage table; proof reading; copyright payments; photography services; that are not essential to conduct the research unless previously specified in the Grant Proposal; cost incurred prior to the awarding of the Grant; contingency allowance(s).

Pre-Application Information:

Submission deadline 11:59pm Central Time, March 1, 2021.

If using human or animal subjects, the applicant will be responsible for obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and use Committee (IACUC) approval. The IRB or IACUC letter of approval for the specified project must be on file with the MTF office before funds can be disbursed.

International recipients may not be familiar with or have requirements comparable to the United States IRB process, in which case MTF would require applicants to follow and document the declaration of Helsinki.

Payment Schedule:
- Payment 1: 50% upon execution of contract
- Payment 2: 50% upon receipt and approval of final report

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Christine Daskais, Foundation Program Manager

Gini Ohlson, Executive Director

Massage Therapy Foundation
500 Davis St., Suite 950
Evanston, IL 60201-4668

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