Research Grant Application

grants

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


Our 2020 Research Grant application process is now open!

We now offer 2 types of research grants.

Massage Therapy Foundation Research Support Grants and Research Awards are awarded to individuals or teams conducting studies that promise 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.

MTF research grants support 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 a university, independent research organization, or other institution qualified to act as Sponsoring Organization.


MTF Research Support Grant (up to $30,000)

  • Application deadline CLOSED March 2, 2020.
  • The maximum award is $30,000 for a one-year project period.

View the 2020 Research Support Grant Guidelines >>
View the 2020 Research Award/Support Grant Application Instructions >>
View the 2020 Research Award/Support Grant Ethics Review >>


MTF Research Award (over $30,000)

  • Pre-proposal application deadline is now extended to September 1, 2020 (formerly July 1, 2020)
  • Full proposal deadline is December 1, 2020.
  • Amount awarded is between $30,000 to $300,000 and must be used in the specific time period for which it has been awarded (can be used over the course of multiple years).
  • MTF Research Award grant cycle occurs twice a year (Round 1 & 2). Current pre-proposal deadline is September 1, 2020. Next opportunity to submit pre-proposal opens immediately thereafter and closes February 1, 2020.

Round 1

Research Award pre-proposal (LOI) submission deadline: September 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST.
Research Award full proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST

Round 2

Research Award pre-proposal (LOI) submission deadline: February 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST
Research Award full proposal submission deadline: May 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

View the 2020 Research Award Guidelines >>
View the 2020 Research Award/Support Grant Application Instructions >>
View the 2020 Research Award/Support Grant Ethics Review >>


“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, MTF Research Grant Winner


For additional information, please contact:
Gini Ohlson, Executive Director at gohlson@massagetherapyfoundation.org or 847-905-1520.