Research Grant

The Research Committee was formed to create and administer a grant program to support research in the Alexander Technique.

 

New Application Period 2020 – 2021

To see the Research Grant application click HERE (PDF will open in a new window).  All teaching members of AmSAT and Affiliated Societies are eligible to apply.  

Application deadline: November 1 2019 

See Guidelines for Proposals below.

Questions? Please contact Heidi Leathwood: heidi.leathwood@gmail.com

 

2019 AMSAT Research Grant Awarded

Four very professional and promising grant proposals were reviewed and assessed by a panel of peer experts. The AmSAT Research committee has awarded the grant to Audre Wirtanen and her co-investigators Harlan Fichtenholtz, and his students at the Keene Affective Neuroscience Lab at Keene State College, “Alexander Technique and physiological measures of inhibition and initiation of motor planning, decision-making, and motor output.” Ann Rodiger will serve as the Alexander Technique Consultant.

The objective of the current study is to investigate differences in motor preparation, decision-making in the brain, and other physiological features of motor execution during binary tasks that prompt subjects to initiate or inhibit a motor response in people with at least 500 hours of Alexander Technique (AT) teacher training compared to healthy controls. These physiological measures will be collected using a 32-channel Electroencephalography (EEG) cap to quantify neural activity, Electromyography (EMG) to quantify muscle activation, and a twin-axis goniometer to measure kinematic features of movement. The purpose of this study is to further investigate neuromuscular re- patterning in people with significant exposure to the Alexander Technique.

 

GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSALS

Approved 2/11/2018

AmSAT will award $2000 in research grants to an AmSAT member(s) and affiliates for research in the Alexander Technique. The monies may be allocated to one project or split between several. Monies will come from the Research Grant fund, as monies are available in the grand fund.

Purpose:

  • To encourage research in the Alexander Technique
  • To provide support for AmSAT members wishing to conduct research
  • To enhance the visibility of the Alexander Technique and AmSAT.

Eligibility:

  • AmSAT-certified teaching members in good standing and affiliate society teaching members in good standing are welcome to apply. AmSAT will contact the affiliate society to confirm membership status.

The purpose of this grant is to support projects intended to:

  • Test the efficacy of the Alexander Technique (AT) as an educational
  • intervention for individuals.
  • Measure the effect of AT study on human movement and/or functioning

All projects should hold promise for publication in English and state possible publication sources. Projects that would be considered more competitive will result in presentations and publication that will reach the general public.

Applications will be submitted in English.

Explanations

  • The Alexander Technique, an educational approach, proposes to improve human activity in any realm. Research can be focused on any aspect the researchers choose, including but not limited to: back pain and other injuries, Parkinson’s disease or other neurological disabilities, performing arts, children’s educational performance.
  • More research is needed to study how the Alexander Technique’s process of thinking influences the human experience of attention, awareness, perception and sensation. What underlying changes occur to produce the effects we see? Why? How does it shift of the whole psychophysical experience?
  • More research is necessary to determine how and why the Alexander Technique affects human movement. Examples of things to be measured: gait, lower back flexibility, balance.
  • Experience shows that research proposals have improved chances for publication and increasing public awareness of the Alexander Technique if they include partnerships with investigators in the sciences, or social sciences, or with specific organizations serving special needs groups or sharing with underserved communities.

Types of support for which funds may be used include:

  • Administrative costs
  • Space rental
  • Payment of subjects
  • Consultation fees for research professionals
  • Travel
  • Documentation and data gathering equipment and support
  • Equipment

Proposals must include:

  • Project title and overview
  • A narrative stating the objectives and significance of the project, background of the applicant(s), methodology and timeline, budget, and description of plans to gain human subject approval
  • CV of principal investigators

Evaluation criteria (reviewer guidelines)

  • Quality, clarity, and thoroughness of the proposal
  • Feasibility and practicality of the study
  • Experience and productivity of the applicant(s)
  • Budget appropriateness in relation to available funding and consideration
  • of need and availability of financial and in- -kind support
  • Probable impact of the proposed study on the field

Review panel:

  • A panel of three reviewers selected by the Research Committee will review and rate the proposals. The panel should consist of at least one Alexander Technique teacher and one person from a related field with expertise in research.
  • A member of the Research Committee will guide the panelists through the process.
  • Panelists will be given evaluation criteria and a scoring system to use. They will provide the Committee with their scores, ranking of the proposals, and a brief evaluation that can be shared with the applicant, if requested.
  • If the decision is unanimous among the three reviewers, there is no need to continue the evaluation process. If, however, it is not unanimous, a conference call will be arranged to discuss the applications and try to come to a decision.

Announcement of awardee

  • The applicants will be notified by letter or email by the committee chair. The winner of the grant will receive a phone call from the Committee chair. ● The awardee must sign a letter of agreement
  • An announcement will be made in the e- -Update Distribution of funds
  • The funds will be distributed as reimbursement for expenses. The grantee will submit receipts and/or an invoice (providing English translations) as appropriate, to the AmSAT office to receive the funds. The office will consult with the Research Committee in the case of unusual or questionable expenses. Funds not used will be retained by AmSAT.

Timeline:

  • July 15 e--UPdate: call for proposals
  • August 15 and September 15 – e--UPdate reminders
  • November 1 – deadline for applications
  • January 15 – decision made and public announcement to follow upon acceptance
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