Research Grants

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that the research grant application period for 2020 will open in April as scheduled. FPTR will award $800,000 in research grants, scholarships, and a fellowship in 2020. However, the FPTR Board of Trustees has elected to postpone 3 grants originally scheduled for 2020. Read More.

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 therapy practice. The main output of research is new knowledge.

To ensure this knowledge can be accessed, read, applied, and elaborated in fulfillment of these goals, the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research encourages funded researchers to share data with the research community and with further expectations to publish their findings, including but not limited to publication in peer reviewed journals.

All clinical trials must be registered.

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.

All funding calls are open to any type of research design unless otherwise specified.

No overhead (indirect costs) are allowed for any grant awards under any circumstances.

2020 Grant Cycle

Review Season 2 (projected dates)

April 10, 2020: Fall 2020 funding applications open online for Grants

June 1, 2020: Letter of Intent due by 5:00 pm for the Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant

August 5, 2020: Fall 2020 funding application deadline (Grants)

August 8 – August 15, 2020: Checking Fall 2020 applicants’ eligibility and assign SRC reviewers

August 19 – October 7, 2020: SRC reviewing Fall 2020 funding applications online

October 2020: SRC calls to discuss top-scoring Fall 2020 funding applications

November 1 – 15, 2020: Administrative review and edits of SRC reviews

Prior to Thanksgiving 2020: Research Committee (RC) recommends awardees for Grants

Late November or Early December 2020: BOT Awards Research Grants

Prior to December 31, 2020: Award notification and Summary Statements go out to all applicants

*The dates included above are projected and subject to change. Please be sure to check back to this site for additional updates and register to receive the Foundation’s eNews using the subscription form on the right-hand column of this page.

2020 Grant Foundation Opportunities

Please note that FPTR has elected to postpone 3 grants originally scheduled for 2020. The the research grant application period for 2020 will open in April. Read More.

The Foundation awards the following grants. Some of the grants listed below are offered on an annual basis. Others are offered in accordance with the grant guidelines and available funding. Please expand the toggle for details related to each grant.

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.

How to Apply:

Acute Care Research Grant Guidelines (PDF 4 MB)

Acute Care Research Grant Instructions (PDF 775 KB)

To apply visit https://foundation4pt.aibs-scores.org/.

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. Potential applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to apply for this funding mechanism. This grant is funded by the Magistro Family Foundation Endowment Fund established by Charles and Noel Magistro.

How to Apply:

Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant Guidelines (PDF 114 KB)

Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant Letter of Intent Instructions (PDF 455 KB)

Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant Instructions (PDF 777 KB)

To apply visit https://foundation4pt.aibs-scores.org/.

One $70,000 Moffat Geriatric Physical Therapy Research Grant will be awarded for research on the practice and impact of front loading and treatment intensity of physical therapy home visits for geriatric patients. This grant is generously supported through the Marilyn Moffat Fund for Geriatric Research and a generous donation from Fox Rehabilitation.

How to Apply:

Moffat Geriatric Grant Guidelines (PDF 4 MB)

Moffat Geriatric Grant Instructions (PDF 361 KB)

To apply visit https://foundation4pt.aibs-scores.org/.

One $40,000 research grant will be awarded to an emerging investigator for education research related to methods for promoting the uptake of research findings into education. More specifically, the purpose of this grant mechanism is to design educational interventions to address the gap between evidence and practice. This grant is generously supported by the Academy of Physical Therapy Education.

How to Apply:

Physical Therapy Education Research Grant Guidelines (PDF 4 MB)

Physical Therapy Education Research Grant Instructions (PDF 775 KB)

To apply visit https://foundation4pt.aibs-scores.org/.

Future Grant Opportunities

One $40,000 Geriatric Research Grant is to be awarded to an Emerging Investigator for research focused on the development of feasible, effective, and sustainable interventions to be implemented in older adults (> 75 years of age or 65-70 if justified) with multiple, chronic health conditions to address issues with mobility.

This grant is made possible by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Fund.

One Health Services Research Pipeline Grant (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.

Investigators at any level are welcome to apply regardless of funding history.

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

How to Apply:

Health Services Research Pipeline Grant Guidelines (PDF 3 MB)

Health Services Research Pipeline Grant Instructions (PDF 748 KB)

To apply visit https://foundation4pt.aibs.org/.

One $40,000 Pediatric Research Grant is to be awarded to an Emerging Investigator that seeks to conduct research consistent with the current Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Research Agenda: https://pediatricapta.org/pdfs/APPT-Research-Agenda%202017-2020_approved.pdf.

This grant is funded by the Pediatric Endowment Fund, made possible with generous gifts from the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.

How to Apply:

Pediatric Research Grant Guidelines (PDF 4 MB)

Pediatric Research Grant Instructions (PDF 777 KB)

To apply visit https://foundation4pt.aibs.org/.

One $100,000 research grant to investigate areas related to any clinical field of physical therapy. Investigators at any level are welcome to apply regardless of funding history. A letter of intent is required; applicants will be invited to submit full applications based on content. This grant is made possible by the Paris Patla Endowment Fund established by Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, HonLLD(Otago), and Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc, MS, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT.

How to Apply:

Paris Patla Physical TherapyResearch Grant Guidelines (PDF 114 KB)

Paris Patla Physical Therapy Research Grant Instructions (PDF 455 KB)

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 in abdominal and pelvic health physical therapy that aligns with the mission and vision of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy.

How to Apply:

Pelvic Health Research Guidelines (PDF 3.5 MB)

Pelvic Health Research Instructions (PDF 778 KB)

To apply visit https://foundation4pt.aibs.org/.

One $40,000 Foundation Research Grant is to be awarded to an Emerging Investigator for clinically relevant research by seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions. These grants are named in honor of the Foundation’s student-led fundraiser, the Marquette Challenge.

How to Apply:

Foundation Research Grant Guidelines (PDF 4 MB)

Foundation Research Grant Instructions (PDF 775 KB)

To apply visit https://foundation4pt.aibs.org/.

One $40,000 Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Research Grant is to be awarded to an Emerging Investigator 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 Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Endowment Fund.

How to Apply:

Orthopaedic Research Grant Guidelines (PDF 4 MB)

Orthopaedic Research Grant Instructions (PDF 775 KB)

To apply visit https://foundation4pt.aibs.org/.

The Goergeny High Impact/High Priority Research Grant is made possible through a bequest from the estate of Magdalen and Emil Goergeny. Starting in 2019, the Foundation will use this gift to offer a three-year research grant of up to $360,000 (2-year total of $240,000 with third year competitive renewal). The high-impact Goergeny Research Grant will fund any physical therapist investigator aiming to focus on the role of physical therapy in the prevention of secondary health conditions, impairments of body structures and functions, activity limitations, and/or participation restrictions. A letter of intent is required for this mechanism.

Letter of intent is due May 31, 2019, at noon ET.

How to Apply:

Goergeny Research Grant Guidelines (PDF 4.4 MB)

Goergeny Research Grant Letter of Intent Instructions (PDF 544 KB)

Goergeny Research Grant Instructions (PDF 777 KB)

To apply, visit https://foundation4pt.aibs.org/.

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