Applying to Research at the AHPRC

Application Info

A researcher works with a participantDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, AHPRC Pilot Funding is currently under review. If interested in applying for an award, please contact Dr. Sandra Hunter (Director) and check out the award application and cover sheet.


Learn more about the goals of the AHPRC pilot award
program online and in our guidelines.


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About the AHPRC Pilot Award Program 

The Marquette Athletic and Human Performance Research Center (AHPRC) pilot award program is designed to facilitate and foster collaborative health- and performance-related research between disciplines at Marquette University and with partner institutions that align with the following:

1) understanding the mechanisms, the best strategies and cutting-edge technology for enhancing athletic and human performance in healthy and clinical populations across the lifespan,

2) utilizing ‘exercise as medicine’ as well as nutritional, psychological and other novel interventions for optimizing performance, training, rehabilitation and prevention of disease and injury.

Funds Will Be Provided To

  1. Support new and promising collaborative projects that increase the understanding of athletic and human performance with respect to injury prevention, rehabilitation and optimizing human performance within athletic, healthy and clinical populations. Special emphasis categories include of metabolic disorders, cancer, adaptive sports, data analytics in human sports and performance, head injuries/concussion, and populations across the lifespan (pediatric and older adults).
  2. Gather preliminary data for projects poised to be competitive for new extramural grant submissions that are relevant to
    • understanding the mechanisms of human performance (physical and mental) within an athletic, healthy or clinical population;
    • understanding the influence of physical activity, exercise training, nutrition and psychological interventions on health and human performance within an athletic, healthy or clinical population;
    • research in novel technologies, approaches and data applications to understanding and improving health and human performance in athletic, healthy and clinical populations.
  1. Fund novel analyses or approaches of already existing data sets that provide new insights and understanding of health and human performance in athletic, healthy and clinical populations.
  2. Stimulate and foster interdisciplinary collaborations between scientists, engineers, coaches, clinicians and other researchers to understand and improve human performance and solve health-related problems using exercise training, physical activity, nutrition and psychological interventions in athletic, healthy or clinical populations.

Guidelines and Requirements

  • The principal investigator (PI) must be faculty from Marquette University. A Marquette post-doctoral research associate can be a PI, but a Marquette faculty must be a Co-PI on the proposal.
  • Multiple PIs are encouraged.  A management plan for a multiple PI award is needed.
  • The awards will be granted prior to the completion of the AHPRC research space and so the research will be conducted in individual laboratories outside the immediate AHPRC. Therefore, within the proposal there must be a plan for use of AHPRC facilities and services in the future for this research.
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval must be obtained prior to the award and release of funds for research involving human subjects.


  • Several awards will be funded from $5,000 to $15,000 each.
  • There will be no indirect costs.
  • Academic year salary for faculty will not be granted.
  • Salary can be granted for research assistants, undergraduate students, or graduate students to complete the work.
  • Equipment requests over $4,000 in general, will not be granted.

Review of Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed over a 4-5-week period based on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) scoring system which involves a 9-point scale (1-9).  Key areas to be scored are:

  • Impact of the study
  • Significance
  • Innovation
  • Research Plan and Approach (Include feasibility to complete in 7-8 months)
  • Environment and suitability to the aims of the AHPRC
  • Investigators: track record and a management plan for a multiple PI award (if applicable).
  • Other considerations that will affect the overall impact score and needs be addressed include how this award will lead to further funding and a plan for use of AHPRC facilities in the future for this research.

Learn more about the NIH scoring guidelines online.

Overview of Due Dates

Action Due Dates
Final proposal due  To be Determined
Award of funds  To be Determined
End of funding To be Determined
Report To be Determined


Questions are to be directed to Dr. Sandra Hunter, Director of the AHPRC in the Office of Research and Innovation, via email at