ACLM Trainee Research Scholarship and Grants Program

Program Goals

  1. To encourage and facilitate the conduct of original research activities relevant to lifestyle medicine among ACLM Trainees (ACLM members who are undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, and medical residents).
  2. To provide mentoring in lifestyle medicine to ACLM Trainees engaged in research.

Scholarships Available (1 each)

  • ACLM Unrestricted Research Grant – $500
  • ACLM Unrestricted Research Grant – $1000
  • ACLM Open Access Publication Grant –$3000

Important Dates

  1. Call for proposals opens April 15, 2024
  2. Deadline for submissions July 31, 2024
  3. Proposals reviewed and scored, awards announced September 15, 2024
  4. Awardees acknowledged at LM2024: Orlando, FL, October 27 – 30, 2024

Overall Requirements

  • ACLM Sr. Director of Research will serve in the role of a mentor to the trainee; however, it is expected that the trainee will also have a mentor at their home institution. Trainee must be closely and actively engaged in the project, in the capacity of a Co-I, research assistant, data analyst, or other similar role.
  • Trainee must be first author on any planned poster abstracts or publications for which award funds are directly used
  • Research project must focus on an intervention or exposure that is aligned with at least one of the six pillars of LM (a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances, and positive social connection)
  • Award checks will be written to trainee’s institution – please confirm in your application and budget that your institution is willing to accept the funds and can abide by ACLM’s indirect cost limit of 10% (you should confirm this with your supervisor and/or research administration department before applying).
  • Funds must be used within 12 months of the check issue date; awardees must submit a report and documentation at the end of the 12 months to confirm planned use of funds.
  • If grant is unused at the end of this 12-month period, funds must be returned to ACLM.
Unrestricted grants
  • May be used to fund new or active research projects, including a discrete project that is smaller in scope or a larger project for which the ACLM funds would supplement other funding
  • If funding is used to supplement a larger project, documentation of the other funding award(s) will be requested to confirm that the project can be successfully executed
  • May be used for any expenses associated with the research project, including, but not limited to, new data collection, intervention supplies and materials, educational materials, consulting support, study subject incentives, data access fees, or to facilitate conducting a systematic review or other secondary analysis project
  • Awardee will be required to participate in three mentoring meetings with the ACLM Sr. Dir. of Research
Open access publication grants
  • Submission to a peer-reviewed journal, indexed in Medline, is required within 6 months of receiving grant
  • Targeted journal must be indexed in PubMed, with higher-impact journals being more desirable