Building on the largest ever FPTR grant, the FPTR Board of Trustees elected to double the original grant duration of the one-of-its-kind Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR).
ALEXANDRIA, VA (February 13, 2020) – The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) Board of Trustees announced a major continued investment in the multi-million-dollar health services research initiative. The announcement coincides with this year’s American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting in Denver, Colorado, and builds on the commitment of the organizational and individual donors who made the original grant possible.
The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) was originally established with a 5-year Foundation grant of $2.5 million in 2015. In 2019, FPTR extended funding for the program for years 6 and 7. Today, FPTR elected to extend the program for years 8, 9, and 10 – doubling the original scope of the grant. The additional investment will total $1.25 million.
“We can’t think of a better time to share this announcement,” said FPTR President Paul A. Rockar, Jr., PT, DPT, MS. “Generous gifts from APTA, APTA components, corporate, and individual donors made this promising initiative possible. More than 5 years ago, these champions recognized the urgency of this investment. Today, we celebrate the accomplishments of CoHSTAR together.”
Now in its fifth year, the multi-institutional program has yielded more than 90 peer-reviewed publications,14 pilot studies, and 15 fellowships. CoHSTAR-funded research and researchers will present abstracts of their work and host sessions during this year’s CSM Conference.
Funding for this initiative was made possible with a $1 million gift from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), gifts from APTA components, and donations from physical therapists, foundations, and corporations with a shared passion for the field of physical therapy. More than 150 donors made this grant possible.
About the Foundation
The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, formerly known as the Foundation for Physical Therapy, is celebrating 40 years of funding research and researchers this year. Founded in 1979, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in grants, fellowships, and scholarships to nearly 600 researchers. Many of today’s leading physical therapist researchers, academicians, and educators began their careers with support from the Foundation.