The Joan Schafer Research Faculty Award in Sport, Fitness, and Disability, established in 2015, supports projects investigating how living with a physical challenge influences access to and participation in sport and physical activity. Projects that have real world application through interventions in public health or clinic based settings are a top funding priority. This grant has a special interest in 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. We support collaborative projects, pilot studies or initial research efforts. While providing funds for new and emerging work is a priority for this program, requests for support of ongoing programs of research are also considered. Applications are accepted from all academic disciplines.
2020 - Philippa Clarke, Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research and Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, and Michelle Meade, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Adapted Yoga for People Aging with Spinal Cord Injury.
2020 – Melissa J. Tinney, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System; Kimberly Casten, M.D., M.Phil., Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Claire Kalpakjian, Ph.D.,M.S., Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Experiences of Female Veterans in Adaptive Sports.
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)