About Us

The mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy is to fund and publicize physical therapy research that determines the scientific basis and value of services intended to optimize physical functioning by physical therapists, and to develop the next generation of researchers.

The vision of the Foundation for Physical Therapy is to change the face of healthcare by providing a society that thrives on mobility with the innovative research needed to optimize physical functioning.

Established in 1979, the Foundation supports the physical therapy profession’s research needs in scientific research, clinical research, and health services research.

The groundbreaking findings of the more than 500 physical therapists we have supported over the years have provided evidence of physical therapy’s crucial role in such areas as:

  • Recovering from stroke, injury, and accidents;
  • Improving mobility for children with cerebral palsy; and
  • Offering pain-free movement in patients with low-back pain.

Over the last 35 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $13 million to launch and fund the careers of hundreds of physical therapist researchers around the country who have leveraged these research grants to secure an estimated $595 million in research support from all funding sources.

Funding is becoming scarce as foundations and institutions, such as the National Institutes of Health, cut back on financial assistance to researchers.

The Foundation for Physical Therapy will continue to support the many researchers around the country who are now developing new treatments and approaches in so many arenas, including: orthopedics, geriatrics, pediatrics, neurology, chronic conditions, and cardiology.

Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapist researchers, clinicians and academicians began their careers with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation.

More than 7,000 research papers and articles contributing to evidence-based practice have been published in professional journals by the alumni of the Foundation.

We invite you to join us as we work together to advance the applications of physical therapy and provide evidence of physical therapy’s enormous impact on recovery, rehabilitation, and retaining an active, healthy life.


To fulfil its mission, the Foundation Board of Trustees adopted a multiyear strategic plan in 2014 focused on five organizational priorities:

Goal 1: Research Portfolio
To identify and advance innovative research priorities that will have high impact on society;

Goal 2:  Centers of Excellence
To develop Center of Excellence research networks;

Goal 3:  Awareness
To expand awareness of the Foundation and the value of its funded research;

Goal 4: Fundraising
To increase funds to support innovative research;

Goal 5: Organizational Stability
Develop and implement plans to create a self-sustaining and efficient organization that perpetuates its legacy.

Meet our Board of Trustees.

Meet our Staff.

Meet the reviewers currently serving on the Scientific Review Committee.

View our 2012 Form 990.

Read the 2012 Annual Report.

Bookmark and Share