(TORONTO) This week, the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) and the Foundation for the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences – Canada (The Foundation) – announced they’re joining forces to offer the profession’s first ever co-sponsored Request for Proposal (RFP) dedicated to sports-related research.
“Chiropractic is an integral part of high-level athletics and strongly embedded within the sports performance community,” says Dr. Eric Helson, President of The Foundation. “Our partnership with CCRF enables us to combine resources to support the incredible work being done by our research Fellows and will include encouraging international collaborations.”
“With World Spine Day fast approaching and the excitement generated by the Canadian Men’s Soccer team at the FIFA World Cup this year in Qatar,” says Dr. Chad Kulak, CCRF chair, “it made sense to team up and dedicate this fall’s RFP to the important work being done by sports science researchers.”
This new request for proposal is the first cooperative funding opportunity for both organizations and was inspired by a recent Delphi study led by RCCSS-C Fellow, Dr. Alex Lee, which aimed to identify sports-focused research priorities.
“Many conditions suffered by athletes – like repetitive stress, concussions and ergonomics – are seen in the general public”, adds Dr. Helson. “The faster we can help athletes return to play, the faster we can also help people get back to work and doing the things they love.”
“It’s a win-win for athletes, for the research community and Canadians as a whole,” adds Dr. Kulak. “By announcing the sports focused theme of this RFP early, we’re able to give research teams within the Canadian and sport sciences communities a clear line of sight to our fall funding activities and the opportunity to explore potential associations with our colleagues worldwide.”
Interested in applying? Submission details will be posted on CCRF’s website on October 11, 2022. Grants will be announced in March 2023.