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The Joan Schafer Research Faculty Award in Sport, Fitness, and Disabilityphoto of Joan Schafer participating in a race

Next Application deadline: Summer 2019

The Joan Schafer Research Faculty Award in Sport, Fitness, and Disability, established in 2015, supports projects at the University of Michigan investigating how living with a physical challenge influences access to and participation in sport and physical activity. Projects that have real world application are a top funding priority. This grant supports both theoretical as well as intervention research, including challenges and solutions related to transitioning to civilian life from military service.

Support may be requested for individual activities, such as research assistance, research-related travel, or research materials.

Grants are awarded approximately every two years.

Project funds may be requested up to $10,000, depending on the scope of the project. We encourage applications from health-related and easy-to-translate- into real world interventions, and those seeking matching funds for grants from other sources, up to the $10,000 limit.

RFP will be announced in spring/summer 2019. If you’d like to receive and email announcing the next RFP please email Heidi Bennett at

Tenure-track, non-tenure track, emeritus faculty; clinical faculty; research faculty; and librarians at the University of Michigan are eligible. Applicants are encouraged to include students in project plans, but the principal investigator may not be a student or postdoctoral fellow. Individuals who receive funding are eligible to apply again.

Past Recipients

2017 – Zhiying Ma, Assistant Professor in the U-M Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan. Experiences with Sport and Physical Activities Among Young Women with Physical Disabilities in China.

2016 – Petra Kuppers, University of Michigan Professor of English, Art and Design, Theatre and Drama, and Women’s Studies. Water-Based Movement Training: A Disabled Woman’s Journey. (read more)