New Balance Footwear Research Award

Below you will find information about the 2016 New Balance Footwear Research Award.

The  New  Balance  Footwear  Research  Award  has  been  created  to  support  footwear research  by  providing  researchers  and  institutions  with  production  (i.e.  off  the  shelf) and/or customized footwear and materials for use in footwear related research. 



Awards will be provided by New Balance on a biennial basis in even numbered years. Researchers are encouraged to present research findings obtained through the use of the awarded footwear at the FBG Symposium in the year following the award (i.e., in odd numbered years).

The award has two categories: 

Category 1: Custom Footwear Award Category 
Winning researchers meeting the award criteria will be provided with customized footwear and/or footwear materials needed to complete the outlined research proposal. 

Category 2: Production Footwear Award Category 
Winning researchers meeting the award criteria will be provided with production footwear needed to complete the outlined research proposal. 



Researchers interested in receiving footwear for research purposes should submit a proposal to New Balance by February 1, 2016. The proposal should be no longer than two pages and should highlight the background, hypothesis and methods of the study in addition to a clear description of the footwear requested. 

Award recipients will be chosen, at New Balance’s discretion, based on criteria such as scientific merit, New Balance’s ability to manufacture the requested footwear and/or materials, and the potential benefit of the research to the footwear and biomechanics community.   

New Balance will provide up to 3 awards in each category, at its discretion, based on the quantity and quality of the submissions. New Balance reserves the right not to provide any award in one or both categories if no submissions can reasonably be determined to meet the required award criteria. 



Send proposals to: 
Deadline for entry: Proposals must be received by February 1st , 2016
Winner Notification: Winners will be notified by the end of February, 2016. 


Previous Winners:

Michael Nunns, Exeter University

The influence of systematic manipulations to variable-stiffness midsoles on lower limb kinematics and kinetics during running


Ryan Lewinson, University of Calgary

Reducing frontal-plane knee joint load using wedged insoles for medial knee osteoarthritis


Sharon Dixon, Exeter University

Development of a variable stiffness running shoe for older female runners


Kathryn Mills, Macquarie University

Do stability shoes increase the biomechanical effect of in-shoe foot orthoses


Andrew Nordin, University of Nevada

Characterizing impact kinetics in running with changes in footwear and foot-strike using principal component analysis


Kathryn Mills, Macquarie University

Insight into why we choose the shoes we do: An investigation into the relationship between plantar foot sensitivity and footwear choice