Massage Therapy Association: Research Award Program

The Massage Therapy Foundation supports research projects designed to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy.

To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for its MTF Research Award program. Through the program, grants ranging between $30,000 and $300,000 over three years will be awarded in support of independent, high-quality research that contributes directly to the knowledge of massage therapy and/or its applications. Basic, applied, and translational research studies focused on investigating massage therapy as a wellness, medical, or health/mental health treatment and/or prevention intervention will be supported.

To be eligible, applicants must be associated with or have secured the cooperation of a university, independent research organization, health center, or other institution (the “sponsoring organization”). In addition, a sponsoring organization must have sufficient facilities as well as human and informational and Institutional Review Board (IRB) resources available to support the proposed research project and to perform the proposed work.

Letters of Intent are due March 1, 2021. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 1, 2021.

See the Massage Therapy Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.