Research Grants


One aspect of the mission of the Foundation is to fund solid research studies investigating the beneficial applications of massage therapy.

Our 2018 Research Grant application process is now open. Please have all materials in by March 1, 2018.


View the 2018 research grant guidelines >>
View the research grant ethics review >>

For more information, please contact:

Christine Daskais, Foundation Program Manager at / 847-905-1667 or
Gini Ohlson, Executive Director at or 847-905-1520.

Massage Therapy Foundation Research Grants are awarded to those conducting studies that seek to advance our understanding of specific therapeutic applications of massage, public perceptions of and attitudes toward massage therapy, and the role of massage therapy in health care delivery.

The maximum award is $30,000 for a one-year project period. This grant supports high quality, independent research that contributes to the basic science of massage therapy application, including applied research investigating massage therapy as a health/mental health treatment and/or prevention modality. The research grant is available to investigators who have experience in the relevant field of research, and are presently associated with or have secured the cooperation of a university, independent research organization, or other institution qualified and willing to function as a Sponsoring Organization for the purpose of this project.

“I believe in the power of massage and its impact on health and wellness. Receiving this grant has helped me to introduce research to the next generation of researchers: students. This powerful experience has allowed them to grow and gain an understanding they didn’t have before. The MTF has provided me with an invaluable opportunity. To have funding available for massage is an incredible gift. I am so thankful for the efforts and work of the Foundation.” – Mark Blegen, Research Grant Winner.

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Research Grantee:

Massage Perceptions and Experiences for Individuals with Amputations
Niki Munk, PhD
Indiana University – School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Indianapolis, IN