NFL to offer $40M to medical researchers

Medical researchers, particularly those in the neuroscience field, will soon have the chance to submit proposals for a piece of the $40 million the NFL is making available for grants.

The Associated Press reports the league is set to launch its program to have proposals evaluated by its scientific advisory board, comprised of independent experts, physicians, scientists and clinicians. It will be chaired by retired U.S. Army General Peter Chiarelli.

“Prevention should always be a focus," Chiarelli says. "Nevertheless, the development of biologically based diagnostics is critical for return-to-play decisions for the NFL, and return to combat/training for the armed forces. Imagine if you had a handheld analyzer that with a single drop could determine whether a player or a soldier had a concussion—and determine the severity of that injury.”

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