The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Collaborative Research Network (CRN) announces $300,000 in funding to support research that addresses key priority areas in the field of sports medicine.

Those priority areas, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) developed by the CRN, are bone health, cardiac screening, concussion, sports specialization and athletic performance, and use of ultrasound within sports medicine.

The announcement was made during AMSSM’s recent 26th annual meeting.

“The goal of this RFP is to assist AMSSM members in building multi-site research collaborations. These collaborations are essential to the multi-site cohort studies that will shape future sports medicine care across all active populations,” says Anthony Beutler, MD, chair of the AMSSM CRN Leadership Committee, in a media release.

AMSSM Research Director Stephanie Kliethermes, PhD adds, “The field of sports medicine is often limited by a lack of evidence supporting the care sports medicine physicians provide to athletes and active individuals. This RFP is an opportunity for the CRN to help grow the body of evidence-based research in topic areas that are not only relevant to the long-term health and well-being of athletes but also vital in advancing the science of sports medicine and ultimately improving patient care.”

The RFP, funded by AMSSM and the AMSSM Foundation, is open to all AMSSM members, who are encouraged to connect with collaborators both within and outside of AMSSM. The CRN will award one or more proposals worth up to $300,000 for a maximum of 2 years, per the release.

Letters of intent are due on June 30, 2017, and full proposals are due on November 1.

[Source(s): American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Newswise]