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    Pfizer / IOC Olympic Research
    Call for Proposals
    for the
    2002 Olympic Winter Games

    Issued: 30 November 2000

    Scientific research proposals related to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake City, 8-24 February 2002, are now being accepted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission. Endowed by Pfizer, this research program supports projects that improve sport performance, reduce injuries, and promote healthy life styles through movement and exercise.

    The Pfizer / IOC Olympic Research program is one of four sport science initiatives organized by the IOC Medical Commission to promote healthy improvements in sport and exercise. The 6th IOC World Congress on Sport Sciences will be held in Salt Lake City, 16-21 September 2001, to bring sport scientists from around the world together in a cross-disciplinary forum ( The Olympic Academy was formed in 1999 at the 5th IOC World Congress as a group of thought leaders to advise the IOC on scientific questions. The pinnacle of these four initiatives is the IOC Olympic Prize. It is awarded every Olympic Games to honor research related to movement, exercise, and sport that significantly advances the science of human performance and health ( This prestigious award includes a gold medal, a diploma, and a cash award of $500,000 US.

    Research projects have been performed during the Olympic Games since 1984 through the IOC Medical Commission. In the early stages of the research program most of the projects were biomechanical studies and descriptive in nature. The Olympics offered a competition where athletes could be observed at the peak of their performance. Over 200 scientific publications have resulted from these studies since the inception of the program.

    Interest in this program has grown considerably. An unprecedented 40 proposals from 14 countries were submitted for funding for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games period and 10 of these projects were approved. Pfizer provided an endowment of $250,000 US to support this program ( With the increased knowledge about sport, the emphasis of research projects has moved beyond a descriptive nature. Studies that are now funded answer a specific question and are usually one component of an on-going research effort. Some of the projects now include data collection up to one year before the Olympic Games. Biological studies occurring before the Olympics are possible, with appropriate approvals.

    Individuals with a Ph.D., M.D. or comparable degree may submit a research proposal as the principal investigator. Proposals originating from sport governing bodies should describe the associated research group that will execute the project.

    Proposal submission deadline: 15 February 2001
    Notification of acceptance: 30 March 2001
    2002 Winter Olympic Games: 8-24 February 2002
    Manuscript submission deadline: 24 February 2003

    Members of the Subcommission on Biomechanics and Physiology of Sport (IOC Medical Commission), representatives of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and a top-level scientist representing Pfizer will review the proposals and determine which proposals will be funded. Six to eight proposals are expected to be funded for the 2002 cycle.

    All projects carried out during Olympic competition or official training must be approved by the responsible sport International Federation (IF). Project proposals submitted with a letter of support from the governing IF have a greater chance of acceptance than those that still need approval. Official approval for projects performed during the Olympic Games will be finalized between the governing IF, IOC Medical Commission, and SLOC.

    If data collection is proposed during Olympic competition or during official training, the proposal must clearly state why this research should be done during the Olympics rather than at a World Championship or other event. Projects that are a component of past and on-going research are preferred over projects tied only to the Games.

    Data collection during the competition/training must not interfere with the athletes, the event, or television broadcast. Athletes may voluntarily submit to tests before/after the Olympic Games that require physical contact with the athlete. During the Olympic Games, there should be no contact with the athlete.

    IRB approval must be obtained through an appropriate institution for any projects approved to be performed. A local IRB review is available if none is available to the principal investigator.

    Results from all projects must be published in a refereed journal, accessible to an international audience. Information from the study should also be published in a coaching/practitioner journal. Presentations of the projects at scientific congresses/meetings are highly encouraged. Include the publication and congress in which the research results are expected to be published in the justification section of the proposal. Approved projects will have 25% of the funding withheld until the results are submitted to a refereed journal. Articles should be submitted for publication by 24 February 2003.

    One research assistant will be provided at no cost to each project for Games time data collection. This person will probably be a local graduate student and he/she will be familiar with Salt Lake City and the venues.

    For projects with data collection that occur during the Olympic Games, the following may be included in the budget:
    Funding for graduate student/research assistant to collect and analyze data
    Air travel and food for necessary personnel
    Equipment rental/supplies/computer time/etc.
    Publishing costs

    Lodging, accreditation, local transportation, uniforms, and one mobile phone will be arranged through SLOC during Games time. Funding related to these items should NOT be included in the research proposal. Compensation for principal investigators should NOT be included in the proposal. This grant program pays no overhead charges to institutions.

    Proposals shall be no longer than six pages; single-spaced using 12-point font. Include the following sections:
    Abstract -- summarize the proposal in less than 100 words.
    Introduction - give background information and the motivation for the project.
    Purpose - state the purpose of the project including the hypothesis to be tested.
    Methods - describe the methods.
    Personnel and equipment - list equipment and personnel used for the study.
    Justification - explain why this project needs to be done and who will benefit.
    Budget - present an itemized budget for the project and list supporting sources of funding, if applicable.
    Time Schedule - event schedules can be found at
    IF Support - A letter of support from the appropriate International Sport Federation may be added to the proposal.

    Three copies of the research proposal must be received by 15 February 2001 for consideration. Electronic versions of the proposals may be sent by e-mail (preferred). Submit proposals and inquiries to the 2002 Olympic Research Coordinator:

    Todd Allinger, Ph.D.
    IOC Medical Commission
    C/O Institute for Sport Science and Medicine
    The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
    5848 South Fashion Blvd.
    Salt Lake City, UT 84107

    Phone: (801) 314-4017
    Fax: (801) 314-4043

    Todd Allinger, Ph.D.
    Institute for Sport Science and Medicine
    The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
    5848 South Fashion Blvd. (300 E)
    Murray, UT 84107

    phone: (801) 314-4017
    fax: (801) 314-4043

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