There are plenty of people out there that think they have the answer to the concussion issue. From helmets (G. Malcom Brown) to mouth gear (Mark Picot), to assessment, to rehabilitation, to research, the whole lot of it. Well now is your chance to put forth your best effort and get some money for research on your products or your ideas. The National Institutes of Health and the NFL have created the Sports and Health Research Program;
The Sports and Health Research Program (SHRP) is an innovative partnership among the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Football League (NFL) and the FNIH. Launched in 2012, the program aims to help accelerate the pursuit of research to enhance the health of athletes at all levels, past, present and future, and to extend the impact of that research beyond the playing field to benefit others in the general population, including members of the military.
There is an agenda of sorts; regarding what they are looking at going forward (see article) but they are giving grants for those that meet the criteria;
Research supported through the SHRP will be conducted under the direction of the NIH. As they become available, Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) will be widely advertised to the biomedical research community, including in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts and on this Web site. The first three announcements are available here:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-13-013.html Collaborative Research on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Delayed Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury: Neuropathology and Neuroimaging Correlation (U01)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-13-014.html Pilot Projects on Sports-Related Brain and Spinal Cord Injury (R21)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-13-015.html Pilot Projects on Sports-Related Brain and Spinal Cord Injury (R03)