Update: DAN is not accepting applications for this grant in 2020. Please consider applying in 2021. Stay Safe! Stay Healthy!

Alfred Bove DAN Research Grant
for Cardiac Health in Scuba Diving

Alfred Bove was a cardiologist and diving physician who contributed significantly to the field of diving medicine for over four decades. Among his specialties were cardiorespiratory fitness and fitness to dive. With an aging population of recreational divers and increased prevalence of chronic cardiac conditions among them, cardiac causes of scuba fatalities are increasingly common. The aim of this grant is to support research that may increase the safety of scuba diving by studying

  1. Possible adverse effects of scuba diving and their mechanisms in divers with pre-existing heart conditions
  2. Methods of screening for increased risk of fatalities due to cardiac causes
  3. Possible preventive interventions

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Up to $250,000.00 in grant funding is available over the next five years, and both single-year and multi-year projects are eligible. The available funds may be used to sponsor one or several projects up to a total of $50,000 per year. Once the selection process is completed, the successful applicant will be advised.  DAN will announce the award at the UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Projects must directly address this call for proposals.
  • Projects should demonstrate sound theoretical grounding and relevance to policy or practice.
  • Projects should employ rigorous methods that are appropriate for the proposal’s goals.
  • Research plans must demonstrate feasibility in budgeting and timeline.
  • The applicant must have proper training for the proposed research and relevant prior publications.
  • Grants are awarded to a researcher, not to an institution.
  • Funds primarily support research activities, not the overheads.
  • Successful applicants must be prepared to present their work upon invitation at relevant scientific conferences or public lectures.


Application Review Process

Applications with a proposal following the DAN Research Grant Application format (see below) will be accepted until May 1. The review period for a successful application, beginning with the submission of the proposal and ending with approval by the DAN Research Grant Program Committee (RGPC), is 4 weeks.

The application comprises a short personal statement of motivation (letter of inquiry) and a proposal of the research to be undertaken.

Full proposals are reviewed using a scientific peer review process internally and involving external reviewers on as-needed basis. In case of positive review by the DAN RGP’s scientific committee, feedback might be offered to applicants. Applicants who receive positive reviews with critiques that can be addressed within a short time frame are given an opportunity to provide written responses to reviewers’ comments. Full proposals, reviews, and applicants’ responses to reviews are then further reviewed by the DAN RGP’s scientific committee. The committee makes funding recommendations. Approved awards are made available shortly after Program Committee meetings in May/June. The awards will be available only if all administrative issues have been resolved, including IRB approval of all involved institutions.  

Award Notification

Award notification will be forwarded electronically to the applicant within 4 weeks of the proposal deadline.The award will be announced publicly at the UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting.


IRB approval of human subject studies, collecting permits, animal care and use approval and other procedures must follow Institutional policy and regulations and must be obtained before awarded money can be collected. If a DAN employee is named as an investigator/collaborator in the study, the proposal must seek (additional) approval from the DAN IRB.

As a nonprofit organization, The DAN Foundation cannot cover indirect costs.

Progress Reports and Publications

Quarterly reports on progress and budget as well as a final report are required and must be electronically submitted. The first report is due no later than 3 months from reception of the grant; individual dates for progress and final reports will be specified in the acceptance letter.

All publications, including print and oral presentation of findings, resulting from funding supported by DAN must include the following acknowledgment. “Financial support of Divers Alert Network is acknowledged.”

DAN Research Grant Application format:

This document should not exceed 8 pages (excluding the letter of inquiry and letters of recommendation) and must include a statement of the aims and objectives of the project. It must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document to Research@DAN.org.


Write a brief statement of motivation directed to the DAN Research Grant Program Committee outlining why your project is a worthy candidate for the Bove Grant 2020.

II.   PROPOSAL COVER PAGE (required elements)

  1. Full name
  2. Current title and affiliation
  3. Degrees, universities, and dates of conferment
  4. Phone number and email address
  5. Mailing address
  6. Short title of proposed research
  7. Proposed project duration
  8. Proposal budget
  9. Names and email addresses of two people submitting letters of support (these can be submitted directly to Research@DAN.org; Subject: [Name of Applicant] – Letter of Support)
  10. If applying for a specific grant, please include the name of the grant
  11. Signature and date



  1. Project Title
  2. Abstract (max 300 words)
  3. Introduction – include appropriate background, rationale, and support from the published medical/scientific literature.
  4. Aims and Objectives – include clear statement of central question or problem and the major elements comprising the objectives to address the goal of your project. What are the hypotheses?
  5. Methods – include a summary of approach, procedures, experimental designs, technical methods, and/or statistical analysis in detail. Indicate the type of equipment to be used and the frequency of its need.
  6. Work plan and time schedule – give dates and locations and outline of schedule for completion of work.
  7. Significance/Relevance – briefly explain the anticipated contribution and significance of this project to diving and hyperbaric medicine and what new knowledge could potentially be generated.


IV.  Literature Cited

Use a standard format to cite literature.

V.   Budget and Justification

Specify cost for travel (including per diem and transportation), supplies, equipment needs, permits, publication costs. Indicate source and amounts of matching funds from other sources, if existent. Please note that as a non-profit and 501(c)(3) organization DAN does not allow payment of indirect costs from grant funds.

VI.  Academic Curriculum Vitae (NTE 2 pages)