Bi-Annual Research Scholarships

Procedure for Submission

Rules & Regulations

The General Rules & Regulations.


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Rules & Regulations 


The DLF Research Scholarship is a biannual contest to aid undergraduate and graduate student conducting research in the neuromuscular/neuromechanics domain.


Two research scholarships, each amounting up to $15,000 USD, are awarded every year.  

Funding requests should be adequately described in the budget justification.  Submissions may include a budget that exceeds $15,000 USD, but DLF will provide funds only up to $15,000 USD.  

Funds will be disbursed to the recipient’s institution, which will disburse the funds to the student accordingly

The scholarship may be used to fund any of the elements necessary to develop the proposed work, with 80% of the requested amount directed towards supporting the student time on the proposed project.

The following costs cannot be included in the request:

  1. Indirect costs and fringe benefits
  2. Tuition costs
  3. Entertainment and social activities

The remaining 20% may be used to fund any other elements necessary to develop the proposed work, such as laboratory equipment (only if essential to the proposed work) or travel (only if essential to the proposed work or only directed at presenting research findings that emanate from the proposed work).

Funds will be disbursed to the recipient’s institution.

Unless otherwise stipulated at the time of the award, equipment purchased with DLF funds belongs to and is considered the property of the Institution that disburses the funds.

Application Cycles:

Application Cycle Spring Fall
Application Opens February 1 October 1
Application Closes March 31
November 30
Winner Announced April-May


Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the award. Excluded from participation are employees, consultants, and members of DLF, and their immediate relatives.

Review and Selection

The winning entry will be selected by the DLF scientific Advisory Board and/or External Reviewers nominated by DLF and consisting of experts in Electromyography, Motor Control, and Human Movement Science from scientific, engineering, and medical disciplines.

Members of the board are subject to the Research Scholarship rules of Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest.

Post-Award Requirements

DLF requires scholarship awardees to submit project reports at specific times during the project cycle. Please refer to the post-award cycle for deadlines. Please note that all reports must be accurate, complete, and submitted on time.

Post-Award Cycle Spring Fall
Project Start Date June 1 January 1
Project End Date May 31
December 31
Progress Report Due December 31
July 31
Final Project Report Due June 30
January 31

Award closeout will be final upon the review of the final report. DLF will not cover expenses that exceed the awarded amount. The awardee will be obligated to return unused funds to DLF. Final project report to include the following:

  • Expenditure sheet
  • Summary of work
  • Certification of the report by the institution’s grant officer/manager

Abstracts and Scientific Publications. Publications results from the awardee’s work must specify the following two statements: “Research reported in this [publication/press release] was supported by a grant from the De Luca Foundation”; “The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the De Luca Foundation.”

Conflict of Interest

Review board member with a real or apparent conflict of interest may not participate in the review of a specific application.

Additional Terms

Applications will not be shared with parties outside of DLF and the Review Board, except with nominated External Reviewers if applicable. DLF reserves the right to advertise the winner.


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Instructions for Research Scholarship Application

Application should be submitted online.

When submitting a request, you will be asked to provide the following information:

  1. Applicant Information: title, name, affiliation, email, phone number, address.
  2. Student Information: title, name, affiliation, email, phone number, address.
  3. Research Supervisor Information: title, name, affiliation, email, phone number, address.
  4. Budget and budget justification: details of the requested funds necessary for the completion of the project. This attachment does not have a page limit.
  5. Student curriculum vitae: this attachment does not have a page limit.
  6. Proof of student status within an academic institution. This attachment does not have a page limit.
  7. Recommendation letter from the student supervisor. This attachment does not have a page limit.
  8. Student statement describing the student’s interest in the project and its relevance to the student’s educational and professional growth and to the scientific community. This attachment does not have a page limit.
  9. Project Description: the Project Description should be limited to a maximum length of 6 pages or less. Use Times New Roman font, size 11 or larger. The Project Description should include the following sections:
    1. Abstract: provide a brief summary of the project.
    2. Significance: describe how the requested support will help you advance research in Electromyography, Motor Control, or Human Movement Science.
    3. Innovation: describe the unique contribution of the proposed work, the innovation of the inquiries and methods employed within the proposal.
    4. Approach: describe the scientific approach, experimental design and research methodology for the proposed study. If the project involves human subject data or animal testing, plan to receive approval from the appropriate IRB/IACUC institution before the project start date is required.
    5. Timeline with clearly specified milestones to be achieved.
  10. Bibliography and/or other information that may be useful for consideration of the request, such as previous publications of the applicant. This attachment does not have a page limit. Do not use this space to provide more details of the project goals and execution that should be included within the Project Description attachment.
  11. IRB/IACUC Approval If the project involves human subject data, animal testing or materials. If approval is pending, plans for obtaining approval before the project start date should be described in the Project Description. Funds will be disbursed only upon receiving proof of IRB approval.
Additional details may be requested by DLF during review of the application.