WMS Research Grants
In order to foster and promote research on health and medicine in extreme or austere environments and to advance the field of wilderness medicine, the WMS offers the following grants:
- Charles S. Houston Grant for medical students. $5000
- Research-in-Training Grant for residents and fellows of an accredited graduate medical education program or doctoral candidates working towards a PhD. $5000
- Herbert N. Hultgren Grant 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 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
- Applicant is a member in good standing of the WMS.
- Applicant has not received a WMS grant in the past year (previous grant cycle).
- Applicant applies in only one grant category.
- The project will result in a substantive contribution to the field of wilderness and environmental medicine.
- The project is well defined.
- The work can be reasonably completed within one year of grant award.
- Application is complete and follows the required format (see Grant Application Instructions for details).
- • Budget is complete and follows the required format (download and use the Budget Template).
- Acceptable projects include, but are not limited to:
- Clinical investigations and interventional studies
- Laboratory (“basic”) science
- Development of new techniques or novel applications of existing techniques
- Improvements in equipment design or use
- Public information
- Injury prevention
- Epidemiological surveys
- Projects may be part of existing research programs, but should be easily distinguishable as a separate component.
- Funding is competitive and at the discretion of the WMS
- Funding decisions will be based upon the project’s importance and relevance, feasibility, appropriateness of budget, and likelihood that the work will result in scientific publication.
Requirements for Grant Acceptance
The 2018 grant cycle is now closed to applications. The 2019 deadline for grant proposals will be October 1, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- WMS Research Grants are not subject to institutional indirect costs.
- No more than 50% of grant money may be used for travel expenses to perform the research.
- No funding will be released without proof of ethics or institutional review board approval for any studies involving human subjects.
- No funding will be released for clinical trials without documentation of clinical trial registration.
- Recipients will file a progress report one year after funding describing use of the funds and project status.
- Findings will be submitted for presentation in abstract form at a future WMS Annual Meeting
- Grants funds should not be used for travel to present the work. WMS will offer discounted registration to grant winners to present results in oral or poster form at a WMS meeting.
- Projects will result in an article submitted for publication in the peer-reviewed medical literature, ideally in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine.
- All publications resulting from the funded work will acknowledge the funding source.
- Grant awardees will notify the WMS when work from a WMS sponsored project is published.