The National Football League has assembled a Scientific Advisory Board comprising leading independent experts, doctors, scientists and clinicians to develop and lead a clear process to identify and support compelling proposals for scientific research.

As part of the Play Smart. Play Safe. initiative, the NFL has allotted $100 million for medical research and engineering advancements, including $40 million in funding for medical research over the next five years, primarily dedicated to neuroscience.

The board will develop a process for soliciting, reviewing and evaluating research proposals and directing funding. The board will leverage the expertise of the NFL’s medical committee members, including members of the Head, Neck and Spine Committee, to identify and develop research priorities. The board will provide its recommendations to Dr. Betsy Nabel, the NFL’s chief health and medical advisor.

Scientific Advisory Board

Peter Chiarelli, Gen. (Ret.)

David Hovda, Ph.D.

Douglas H. Smith, M.D.

David J. Shulkin, M.D.

Sidney Hinds, M.D., M.C., Col.

Shelly D. Timmons, M.D., Ph.D.