Early Career Grants: University of Michigan & University of New Brunswick Chosen to Receive $250,000 Each

The De Luca Foundation (DLF) is pleased to announce that it has chosen the University of Michigan and the University of New Brunswick to each receive an Early Career Grant. This grant is designed to support early career researchers who have a focus on novel neuromuscular and biomechanical approaches to improving motor function using surface electromyography (sEMG) technology.

The above institutions have longstanding research contributions and exemplify the highest standards in pursuit of innovative research and mentorship in the movement sciences. Professor Ashton Miller (University of Michigan) and Professor Kevin Englehart (University of New Brunswick) will be leading the selection of three applicants from their respective institutions. For each institution, a single grant recipient will be selected by a three-person Peer Review Committee consisting of experts from scientific, engineering, and medical disciplines. Each recipient will work with their lab principal investigator to complete a research project over the span of two years.

About The De Luca Foundation

Founded in 1985, DLF is a private charitable organization. DLF dedicates its financial resources to serving the Biomechanics Research Community through R&D grants, travel grants, public education, and workshops to:
  • Raise awareness of innovative methodologies for understanding human motor control
  • Fostering innovative work
  • Educating students and young researchers
  • Funding research ideas to study neuromuscular diseases


The Foundation supports researchers around the world through various mechanisms with the goal of fostering a path of innovation and breakthroughs in Electromyography and Human Movement Sciences.
Prof. Ashton Miller, University of Michigan
Prof. Kevin Englehart, University of New Brunswick

About Early Career Grants

The Early Career Grant is designed to support early career scientists who are looking to use sEMG to make advancements in biomechanical and neuromuscular research. This grant supports creative, original, and insightful research concepts with the potential to produce major impacts, test scientific paradigms, or advance key concepts for meaningful preventative or rehabilitative interventions.

The Early Career Grant consists of a maximum of $250,000 over 2 years, including directs and applicable indirect (F&A) costs. A no cost extension beyond the 2-year project period is not allowed. We encourage submissions from under-represented groups in research and medicine to apply.

Separate funding (outside of the Early Career Grant budget) for $30,000 of EMG equipment from Delsys Inc. will be produced at the beginning of the project period, with the intent of furthering the project and early career goals.