In November 2015, it was announced that the Women Divers Hall of Fame and DAN America had teamed up to launch a five-year grant that acknowledged key decompression research conducted by Dr RW 'Bill' Hamilton.
At the time of the announcement, the grant was scheduled to run until 2020. It is not known if this is the last time this grant will be issued.
The year-long US$10,000 DAN / RW 'Bill' Hamilton Dive Medicine Research Grant supports new or ongoing research projects in one or more of the following areas:
- Development of decompression procedure techniques for commercial, military, technical and/or recreational divers
- Development of new decompression models
- Probability of risk or probabilistic modeling
- Multi-gas dive simulation
- Dive computer procedures, protocols and testing
- Treatment of incomplete decompression and resulting incidents
The Prince of Gases
Bill Hamilton died in 2011, aged 81 after spending a lifetime conducting research into diving physiology, decompression safety and the treatment of injured divers. He authored numerous papers, reports and workshop proceedings. He is perhaps best known for co-developing the Diving Computational Analysis Program (DCAP), a computer program that analyses and develops decompression procedures and schedules for a wide variety of exposures to pressure.
This legacy helps fund and promote research that builds on Bill’s work
"This grant was established to support the next generation of researchers studying diving physiology and advanced decompression procedures” stated Dr Petar Denoble, DAN Vice President of Research.
Applicants can be involved in any aspect of dive-related sciences, but the spirit of the program is to support projects closely related to Dr Hamilton’s studies. The grant is open to applicants at any stage of their professional education or career, and recipients are required to present their results to DAN.
To apply for the RW Hamilton Memorial Dive Research Grant, please email the Research Department at Divers Alert Network, in North Carolina. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2020, and the grant recipient will be notified by 1 May 2020.
2016 - Unknown
2017 - Dr Virginie Papadopoulou
2018 - Daniel Popa, MD, PhD
2019 - Dr Jens-Christian Meiners