Research Grants

The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is keenly interested in advancing the field of wilderness medicine by fostering and promoting research on topics related to health and medicine in extreme or austere environments.  

WMS grants are competitive. Minimum criteria include:

See application  for detailed requirements.

A wide variety of research projects are acceptable for submission, including but not limited to:

Projects may be part of existing research programs, but should be easily distinguishable as a separate component.

WMS Research Grants are not subject to institutional indirect costs.

Grant awardees are expected to present project findings at a WMS Annual Meeting Research Forum. In addition, the work should result in a paper to be considered for publication in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine. All publications resulting from the funded work should acknowledge the funding source. 

We are pleased to offer the following grants this year to qualified researchers:

Charles S. Houston Grant is for medical students. $5000
Research-in-Training Grant is for residents and fellows of an accredited graduate medical education program or doctoral candidates working towards a PhD. $5000
Herbert N. Hultgren Grant is for a member of the WMS at any stage in their career in support of research that advances the field of wilderness medicine, which may be interpreted broadly. $10,000
Peter Hackett-Paul Auerbach Young Investigator Grant is for a young investigator (physician or non-physician, who is either a resident, fellow, or less than 5 years out of training) in support of research that improves wilderness medicine practice. $10,000
WMS Adventure Travel Research Grant is for an investigator in support of field research associated with the WMS Adventure Travel Experiences (current listing at $5000

All grants will be reviewed by the Research Council of the WMS and subject to external IRB approval.  Final recommendations will be subject to approval by the Executive Committee. The Research Council is supported by committee members selected from the general membership of the Wilderness Medical Society. The WMS Research Grant program is dependent on the generous donations of WMS members. Please take a moment to make a donation. Thank you.

Application: The 2017 grants cycle is now closed. We will be posting the application for the 2018 grants later this year. 
Note: Applicants can only apply for one grant category.


Alicia Byrne, WEM Managing Editor,