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.