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Tom Penrose Community Service Grant




About the Grant

This grant is offered by ESSA in memory of Tom Penrose, to honour his outstanding contribution as a pioneer in exercise and sports science, his contributions to associates and trainees in teaching, and his valuable contribution to his local community.

The aim of the grant is three-fold and the recipient will focus on one or more of the following areas:

  1. Support or develop programs in the exercise science or clinical exercise physiology profession, particularly in regional or remote Australia.
  2. Support the development of a community focused project within the field of physical activity, exercise science and related fields, and health.
  3. Encourage advancement in the field of exercise science and clinical exercise physiology that will encourage participation in physical activity and sport and lead to better community health outcomes.

Applications of up to $16,000 (AUD) will be considered, based on merit, and funded with consideration of the proposed budget. Proposals may include cooperative projects, local community interventions or acquisition of expertise in a particular technique or techniques. The focus of the project should result in service to the exercise and sports science community.  It is expected that the project would begin by early 2019 and be completed in early 2020.
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. 


Application form:
Download the PDF application form here.
Download the Word format here.

Type your details into the form, save it as a PDF file, and send it as an email attachment to:

In exceptional circumstances, hardcopy applications will be accepted and should be forwarded to: 

Locked Bag 4102
Ascot QLD 4007, Australia


Submission of Application Deadline: Friday, 3 August 2018 by 5:00pm (AEST)
A decision on the applications will be advised in October 2018


If you have any queries relating to the grant please email



ESSA congratulates the 2017 Tom Penrose Community Service Grant winner

Last year, the Tom Penrose Community Service Grant was extremely competitive, with many very high quality applications submitted. ESSA wishes to congratulate the winner of the 2017 Tom Penrose Community Service Grant, Itamar Levinger. 


Details of Itamar’s winning application:

Investigator: Itamar Levinger 

Topic: Uncovering the Interaction between Circulating Osteoprogenitor (COP) Cells and Osteocalcin in Older-Adults with Sarcopenia: Effects of Exercise

Associate investigators: Prof. Gustavo Duque, Miss Cassandra Smith, A/Prof. Christopher Neil

Administering Organisation: Victoria University


Congratulations to Itamar and his team.