Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

November 13, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Funding Opportunity Announcement: NCAA-DoD Mind Matters Challenge

NCAA-DOD3The NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense have released the RFP for the “Mind Matters Challenge,” a program that funds research and education programs on concussion reporting and treatment.  The program has two focus areas: “Changing attitudes about concussions in young and emerging adults” (a research challenge) and “Educational programs targeting young and emerging adults” (an educational programs challenge).

The research challenge will award up to 10 grants of $400,000 each for projects aimed at studying the mechanisms influencing cultural change around concussion reporting in the target population.  The education challenge will award up to ten grants of $25,000 each to help investigators create compelling and impactful educational materials for student-athletes and other at-risk populations in the area of concussion education.

The deadline to apply for both the research and education programs is Thursday, Jan. 9, 2015.  Click here for more information about the programs and application instructions.

September 19, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

NCAA, DoD extend deadline to request information on concussion education research grant

NCAA-DOD3Earlier this month, we told you about the Mind Matters Challenge, an upcoming funding opportunity offered through an alliance between the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense.

The program will provide faculty in science, art, marketing and education fields with grants of up to $400,000 for research on ways to change the culture surrounding concussion reporting and treatment.

The NCAA is currently requesting contact information for university faculty who wish to be notified when the grant program officially launches this fall. Initially, organizers had asked for researcher contact information by Sept. 15, but the deadline has been extended to Oct. 15.

Click here to fill out a short form requesting information on the Mind Matters Challenge.

September 5, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Funding opportunity: NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Mind Matters Challenge


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The NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense have joined forces to carry out a research and awareness program aimed at enhancing the safety of student-athletes and service members.  The partnership is intended to improve scientific understanding of concussions and other head injuries, and to promote changes in the culture surrounding reporting and management of concussions.

As part of the program, the NCAA has committed $4 million for the Mind Matters Challenge — a grant program to support research on improving the effectiveness of concussion education programs delivered to student-athletes, coaches, soldiers and other at-risk populations.

“Culturally, self-reporting head injuries or reporting others who display head injury symptoms is seen by some as a sign of weakness,” said NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline.  “We hope to change that by arming physicians and scientists with better clinical data, and by creating educational programs to increase understanding of the importance of diagnostics for immediate action and tracking for follow-up treatment.”

The NCAA has asked for Baylor’s help in identifying members of our faculty with an interest in topics related to student-athlete, college student, or military service member safety or well-being to apply for this funding opportunity.  Specifically, the program targets individuals in the following disciplines:

  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Film/Theater
  • Neurology
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Psychology/Behavioral Studies
  • Sports Medicine/Sport and Exercise Science
  • Other relevant researchers/clinicians

Faculty members in these disciplines who may be interested in this program are asked to contact Baylor’s faculty athletic representative, Jeremy Counseller, prior to Sept. 15.