The scope of the grants considered for funding include basic and/or applied research bearing a rational relationship towards increasing our understanding of sports injury mechanisms. Traditionally, successful proposals have had an emphasis on brain/spinal cord injuries and protective equipment. Awards are based upon scientific merit as ranked by a committee of national experts and upon the priorities of the NOCSAE Board of Directors. Since the program’s inception in 1994, NOCSAE has awarded over $7,750,000 toward research.