Joseph Hamill Access to Science Award

The De Luca Foundation Announces $100k in Support

Ten $2,000 Travel Awards for a Total of
Per Year
$ 0

For Students and postdoctoral fellows presenting in biomechanics and neural control


For years, the De Luca Foundation has provided travel grants to students to support their attendance at annual scientific conferences. Today, the mission continues as we still believe that travel to conferences ignites exchange of ideas to building scientific collaboration for mentorship opportunities that lead to break-through advancements in the study of human motion.

Beginning in 2024, the De Luca Foundation is taking key actions to support this vision by providing funding to reduce the financial barriers to students from all over the globe attending the annual conference of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).


Named after Professor Joseph Hamill (Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst) who spent over four decades travelling around the world pioneering scientific communities in places that were grossly underrepresented, this Joseph Hamill Access to Science Travel Award will provide $100,000 in travel grants to students and postdoctoral fellows attending ACSM. The De Luca Foundation strongly believes that well-funded scientific grants are an essential resource that bring together all generations of scientists.

“I am pleased and honored to be able to be associated with travel awards given to students in order to help them widen their access to science. To receive an award to travel to a professional meeting is a first step in a student’s career in becoming a scientist. I think it is imperative that students have an opportunity to attend conferences or symposia, and I have always encouraged students to attend scientific meetings. Most importantly, it is a chance for young researchers to present their own work for critical review. It is also the occasion to meet and talk to senior academics, to see how established researchers present their work, to have access to the latest research and to generate ideas for future research. These awards will present students with the opportunity to become engaged with and be part of the scientific community.”
Joseph Hamill
Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The De Luca Foundation will give 10 travel grants per year for 5 years in the amount of $2,000 each, totaling $20,000/yr. Grants will be given to qualified students and postdoctoral fellows to:

Close the Knowledge Gap between students and researchers from different parts of the world

Expand Collaborative Opportunities between established and less-established academic institutions

Strengthen the reach of ACSM as a Forum for combining ideas to create new opportunities for early-career and established scientists

Improve Social Ties among diverse geographies and cultures of the world

Application Information

Applications for the inaugural Joseph Hamill Access to Science Award are open now! Applications will close on March 8th, 2024.

This year’s ACSM conference will take place in Boston, MA, from May 28th through May 31st, 2024.

In order to be eligible for this award, you must be student or postdoctoral fellow presenting research in the fields of biomechanics and neural control of human movement.

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