Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is a growing multidisciplinary field. However, SEM as a discipline is still developing in marginalised communities* which may lack resources such as trained SEM personnel, necessary funding, and institutional support to implement robust clinical programs or conduct research. Funding SEM research also may not be a high priority among other more immediate concerns experienced by resource-limited communities. In such environments, persons of colour, Indigenous communities, women, youth, those with disabilities, those who are displaced, and those from the LGBTQIA+ communities may be further marginalised and bear the brunt of scarce resources.
Therefore, to drive global equity in SEM and foster diverse and inclusive research and data, it is critical to provide funding opportunities for SEM researchers from marginalised groups to conduct research relevant to SEM in marginalised communities.
*Marginalised communities include, but are not limited to, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour (BIPOC); women; youth; people with disabilities; LGBTQIA+; those in conflict zones; and migrant, refugee, and internally displaced communities.
Purpose of the Grants
- The purpose of these grants is to facilitate and enhance SEM-oriented research on the health and welfare of marginalised communities by researchers from marginalised groups. The award also provides recipients with opportunities to be mentored by fellow international SEM researchers through the BJSM Global Mentoring Program.
- Up to six (6) grants each worth £2,000. The award funds may be used for research activities and/or living expenses by the recipient when conducting the research project and/or travel to the research destination/necessary for the research. Payments for successful applicants will be made in 2023.
- The term of the award is one year, so must be used within one year from receipt of the funding. If BMJ offers grants in 2024, recipients of a 2023 grant may reapply, but to be competitive must demonstrate progress in their research from a prior award and explain how more funding will build upon work already completed.
- This award is given to researchers from marginalised groups conducting research relevant to SEM in marginalised communities. The applicant should be the principal or co-principal investigator of the study.
- Novelty of the research project to SEM and equity deserving groups.
- Appropriateness of the study design and scientific rigor of the research project.
- Value and clinical relevance of the research project to marginalised communities.
- Feasibility of the proposed research project.
- Quality of the application.
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