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Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF) Pilot Grant

AAMA is proud to announce the creation of the prestigious Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF) Pilot Grant. The foundation is encouraging applicants to submit only pragmatic clinical trial proposals rather than placebo comparison trials. We will award 1 grant each year to the qualified applicant for an amount up to $30,000. The applicants will be asked to suggest potential AAMA reviewers that are experienced in their field of application. Any AAMA members are welcome to apply. Use the link below to find the application forms required for our grant application. Please note that these forms are similar to other successful foundation's grants that would prepare investigators for their future potential NIH proposals.

Application Submission details:

  • Available to current AAMA Members
  • Submission deadline January 30, 2020
  • Grant can be resubmitted up to 3 times if the reviewers recommend re-submission after appropriate revisions have been made
  • Grant Selection/funding to be announced at the 2020 Annual Symposium - April 24-26, 2020 in Orlando
  • Complete the application form below and email to the Academy offices by the submission deadline.

2019 Research Competition Winners

Congratulations to our colleagues who authored the research papers selected as winners in the AAMA’s annual research competition.

The first-place submission was authored by Alexandra Dimitrova, MD, MA, MCR, who presented her research on Sunday morning at the Symposium: "Nerve-Specific Local and Systemic Analgesic Effects of Acupuncture in Healthy Adults, Measured by Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST)."

C. Leslie Smith, MS, MA, Lac, MD, DABMA, authored the second-place paper: "The Impact of Inpatient Acupuncture on a Mixed Hospital Unit: A Three-Month Trial."

Shiu-Lin Tsai, MD, authored the third-place paper: "Impact Study of An Innovative Workshop on Acupuncture for Children."

As a reminder, the top three submissions receive the following cash awards and prizes:

  • First Place: $1,500 stipend, Symposium Registration, travel reimbursement up to $500, and three nights hotel lodging for the presenting author. Paper to be presented at the AAMA Symposium.
  •  Second Place: $750 stipend, Symposium Registration, travel reimbursement up to $500.
  • Third Place: $350 stipend and Symposium Registration. 

All members are invited to enter their eligible research in next year’s competition. Plan now to share your findings.

Have questions about research or submitting an application for the Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF) Pilot Grant? Contact AAMA.
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