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ESSA congratulates the 2017 Applied Sports Science Research Grant winner

This year, the Applied Sports Science Research Grant was extremely competitive, with many very high quality applications submitted. ESSA wishes to congratulate the winner of the 2017 Applied Sports Science Research Grant, Dr Emma Beckman


Details of Emma’s winning application:

Investigator: Dr Emma Beckman

Topic: Towards evidence-based classification for sprinters with neurological impairment in World Para Athletics

Administering Organisation: University of Queensland

Associate Investigators: Dr Sean Tweedy, Dr Mark Connick, Miss Brittany Smale, Dr Elissa Phillips


Congratulations to Emma and her team.


This year, the Research Committee have granted the following application Highly Commended:

Investigator: Dr Samuel Chalmers

Topic: Evaluating heat policies in football: the efficacy of in-play cooling periods for player thermal safety.

Administering Organisation: Western Sydney University

Associate Investigators: Assoc Prof Jason Siegler, Dr Ric Lovell, Dr Ollie Jay, Assoc Prof Rob Duffield



About the Grant

ESSA is offering the Applied Sports Science Research Grant in 2016, to encourage members to engage in applied sports science research, in association with a relevant collaborating organisation/association (e.g. sporting, institute, or university), as appropriate.  The research grant is being offered to provide assistance to members to initiate and support applied sports science projects, in association with an appropriate organisation, which address practical problems or issues within a particular sport(s), and which produce outcomes that may lead to improved sports performance, a reduction in the incidence of injury, or improved sports science practice.

The aim of the grant is to:

  • Encourage ESSA members, with an interest in sports science, to develop innovative applied sports science projects, which have measureable outcomes with respect to sports.
  • Encourage ESSA members to engage with organisations such as sports bodies/associations and to develop research projects with a mutual benefit to both.
  • Support early career sports scientists to undertake applied research, which may assist in their career development in high performance sport.

Applications for up to $16,000 (AUD) will be considered and the selection of successful applicants will be based on merit and the eligibility criteria outlined below. The project will be funded based on consideration of the proposed budget. 

The grant may be used for any purpose associated with achievement of the aims of the research project. This may include participant reimbursements, small items of equipment, laboratory fees and consumable costs, any required travel and accommodation directly related to the project and any required laboratory or administration fees. The grant may not be used to fund any staff costs or any expenses associated with presentation of any aspect of the project at a conference. 

To be eligible for the grant, the principal investigator of the research team must have been a financial member for the past two years.  ESSA National Board members, ESSA Research Committee members, ESSA staff and student members are not eligible to apply. 

The successful applicant will also be required to communicate the findings of their research to members through a webinar-based professional development program in 2017.  




ESSA congratulates the 2016 Applied Sports Science Research Grant winner – Dr Luke Hogarth.

Title: Towards evidence-based classification in Paralympic swimming

Summary of Project: The purpose of this research is to utilise new technology to more objectively quantify the impact of impairment within the Paralympic swimming classification system.

The new evidenced-based system will formulate a fairer and more equitable international system, due for implementation post the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic games.

Principal Investigator: Dr Luke Hogarth

Associate Investigator: Prof Brendan Burkett

Administering Organisation:  University of Sunshine Coast