The Foundation, like the physical therapy profession, is dedicated to the goal of improving the quality and delivery of patient care. The Foundation accomplishes this by providing support to emerging investigators to promote scientifically based and clinically relevant research related to the effectiveness of physical therapist practice.
The Foundation supports research projects in any specialty. The Foundation supports only those intervention studies in which the interventions are provided by physical therapists, or selected components of the interventions are provided by physical therapist assistants under the direction and supervision of physical therapists.
The grant period of performance may be one or two years. No overhead is allowed.
Fall 2018 Review Cycle
Application opens: April 11, 2018
Application deadline: August 2, 2018 (due at 12:00 pm (Noon) Eastern Time)
Administrative review: August 2018
Scientific Review: September – October 2018
Scientific Review Committee Scoring: October 2018
Administrative Review of Reviews: November 2018
Board Awards Research Grants: December 2018
Earliest Notification: December 31, 2018
current grant opportunities: fall 2018
A $40,000 Acute Care Research Grant to an emerging investigator seeking to advance the practice of acute care physical therapy. This grant is made possible by the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy.
Funds clinically relevant research by emerging investigators seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions. This grant will provide $40,000 for either one or two year projects. These grants are generously supported in part by the student fundraising efforts in the Marquette Challenge. Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines
One $40,000 Geriatric Research Grant is to be awarded for research in methods to facilitate the aging-in-place for older adults in a supportive community setting utilizing novel and innovative approaches for access to physical therapist services and care. Grant proposals should seek to directly promote the health, safety, and overall well-being of all older adults with an emphasis on the protection of marginalized and at-risk populations. Proposals should reflect the current scientific evidence as well as the Research Agenda of the American Physical Therapy Association. Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines
One $50,000 HSRPG is to be awarded to support research that examines mechanisms by which patients obtain physical therapy-related health care, how much such care costs, and what outcomes are observed in these patients. Research efforts should focus on the identification of the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality physical therapy-related care while potentially reducing medical errors and improving safety for patients.
Research efforts should reflect the current scientific literature and evidence base, and should address Section V of the APTA Research Agenda. This grant is made possible with generous support from the American Physical Therapy Association. Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines
One $100,000 grant is to be awarded for research projects to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions most commonly delivered by physical therapists as determined by current practice standards and developing innovative physical therapist interventions and evaluating their effectiveness.
Emerging, as well as, experienced investigators are welcome to apply.
Preferred consideration will be given to studies that examine not only the therapeutic effectiveness of interventions, but also their cost effectiveness. Potential applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to apply for this funding mechanism. Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines
The Paris Patla Musculoskeletal grant will support research on the musculoskeletal system and manual therapy. More details to come.
Funds emerging researchers that seek to examine one or more elements in the physical therapy patient/client management for children with developmental disabilities. The project may focus on any of the following elements: examination, diagnosis, prognosis or intervention. Priority consideration will be given to projects that examine the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions. This grant will provide $40,000 for either one or two year projects. This grant is generously supported in part by the Pediatric Endowment Fund, made possible with generous gifts from APTA’s Section on Pediatrics, and the Legacy Endowment Fund. Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines
Funds emerging investigators exploring clinical outcomes of physical therapy practice for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. This grant will provide $40,000 for either one or two year projects. This grant is generously funded by the Orthopaedic Section Endowment Fund. Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines.
Future Grant Opportunities: Fall 2019 and beyond
One $40,000 research grant will be awarded to an emerging investigator to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapist examinations and/or interventions in geriatric populations. This grant is generously supported through the Marilyn Moffat Fund for Geriatric Research.
One $40,000 SRG is to be awarded to support relevant clinical research projects aimed to investigate: a) those services delivered by physical therapists; and b) the development of new interventions that offer reasonable assurance that they will be clinically relevant and therapeutically effective. This grant is generously supported through the Snyder Endowment Fund.
One $40,000 research grant will be awarded to an Emerging Investigator to advance research on abdominal and pelvic health in everyone from childbearing women, to peri-menopausal mothers, to men with incontinence or other pelvic health complications.
Grants awarded from the fund shall be awarded to individuals to investigate the advancement of women's health physical therapy through evidence-based practice that closely align with the research priorities of the APTA Section on Women's Health.