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For student researchers seeking to expand research in health and movement sciences

Seed for Science: A catalyst for your future research career

There are many diseases that involve the interaction between the cardiovascular and neuromuscular systems that need immediate attention.

Topics, such as the examples below, require a platform where the cardiovascular and neuromuscular systems can be studied together.

Seed for Science gives young researchers that platform.


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of people who had COVID-19 currently have long COVID, which could lead to permanent neurodegeneration.


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of people with cardiovascular disease also show signs of sarcopenia, which leads to dangerous falls and decreased quality of life in the elderly.


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of individuals with heart failure exhibit respiratory muscle weakness, a prevalent condition among those with neuromuscular disease.

The Focus

Seed for Science is an annual initiative, running for the next ten years, designed to support the brightest student researchers in health and movement science-related fields, and to provide them with funding and research equipment as part of semester-long fellowships. This year, the De Luca Foundation will be selecting four winners who will advance science by conducting novel pilot studies on the interaction between the cardiovascular and neuromuscular systems of the human body.

Possible fields of interest:

Exercise Science

Human Movement​

Motor Control​


Cardiovascular Health​

Our Goal: To cultivate the next generation of scientists.

Seed for Science provides students with the platform to lead cutting-edge research and establish new frontiers in health and movement science-related fields.

Selected candidates will work with a principal investigator at their selected institution to complete a semester-long fellowship. As a part of their fellowship, each winner will receive a $10,000 stipend, Trigno EMG equipment provided by Delsys, and biofeedback sensors from Moxy, VO2 Master, and Polar.

Winners will also earn the opportunity to visit Delsys Headquarters, located in Boston, USA, to present their work, meet the team, and learn first-hand from leading researchers.

University student using laptop

Applicant Eligibility

If you answer YES to these questions, then you are eligible to apply for the Seed for Science initiative!

Application Process

Design an innovative research proposal that explores the interaction between the neuromuscular and cardiovascular systems. Your research proposal should utilize all the tools provided: Trigno EMG, Moxy, VO2 Master, and Polar.

Criteria for Evaluation

Research proposals will be evaluated based on their novelty, feasibility, and potential impact.


Application OpensSeptember 8th, 2023

Deadline: December 8th, 2023

Announcement of the Winners: January 10th, 2024

Funding your Future

Four outstanding recipients will each win the following:

  • $10,000 USD stipend*
  • Trigno Lite System
    • 4x Trigno Avanti EMG Sensor
    • Trigno Lite Dongle
    • Trigno Lite Charging Station
    • Trigno Discover Software
  • Integration Tools
    • 1x Trigno Link Module
    • 1x Moxy NIRS
    • 1x Polar HR monitor
    • 1x VO2 Master

*This will be paid to the institution and will be relayed to the winner in the form of a stipend.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any student or post-doc who conducts research at an institution may apply.

This year, four winners will be selected.

Funding will be paid to the winner’s institution and relayed to the winner in the form of a stipend.

No, you may choose to research anything as long as it combines the neuromuscular and cardiovascular systems.

Yes, you must use EMG, Moxy, VO2 Master, and Polar in your proposal. You may include other measurements if they can be integrated realistically.

Applications will be reviewed by an internal review board.

The fellowship will take place at your university with your chosen professor.


Sarah Jacob, Ronak Kapadia, Tyler Soule, Honglin Luo, Kerri L. Schellenberg, Renée N. Douville, and Gerald Pfeffer

Xinrong Zuo, Xuehong Li, Kuo Tang, Rui Zhao, Minming Wu, Yang Wang & Tao Li

Cleveland Clinic

Pedro Verissimo, Karina T. Timenetsky, Thaisa Juliana André Casalaspo, Louise Helena Rodrigues Gonçalves, Angela Shu Yun Yang, and Raquel Caserta Eid