Borelli Award

borelliThe Borelli Award, the most prestigious honor given by the ASB, recognizes outstanding career accomplishment and is awarded annually to an investigator who has conducted exemplary research in any area of biomechanics. The award is named after Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608-1679). Borelli, a mid-17th century Professor of Mathematics from Naples, Italy, is considered to be the father of modern biomechanics. Borelli’s novel contribution, the treatise “On the Movement of Animals” (Translated by Paul Maquet and published by Springer-Verlag), puts forth numerous propositions on the movements and displacements of the limbs of man and animals.

The Borelli Award selection is based on originality, quality and depth of the research and the relevance of this work to the field of biomechanics. The awardee must attend the Annual Meeting of the ASB in order to receive the award and to deliver the Borelli lecture. The award consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $1,500.


  • The Borelli Award is open to all current ASB members, but excluding current ASB officers and members of the Borelli and Hay Awards Committees.



  • Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by others. Candidates should be established scientists whose work incorporates biomechanics in any scientific field.


Submission Material

  • Letter of nomination (7 hard copies or Word document or PDF)
    Comprehensive curriculum vitae (Word document or PDF)
    Five publications on a single topic or theme (PDF)


Submission Instructions

  • Applications should be submitted electronically to the ASB Past-President (refer to the Executive Board).
  • All material must be submitted by the deadline shown on the Awards page.