Research Grants

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.

Applicants can request access to examples of past successful applications in preparation for the 2022 Grant cycle. Email info@foundation4pt.org for access. 

2022 Grant Cycle

Review Season 2 (projected dates) Applications open April 5-7, Letters of Intent (LOI’s) due June 1, 2022

August 5, 2022: Fall 2022 funding application deadline (Grants)

August 8 – August 12, 2022: Checking Fall 2022 applicants’ eligibility and assign SRC reviewers

August 19 – October 5, 2022: SRC reviewing Fall 2022 funding applications online

October 2022: SRC calls to discuss top-scoring Fall 2022 funding applications

October 14-22, 2022: Administrative review and edits of SRC reviews

Prior to Thanksgiving 2022: Research Committee (RC) recommends awardees for Grants

Late November or Early December 2022: BOT Awards Research Grants

Prior to December 31, 2022: 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.

2022 Grant Foundation Opportunities

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.

Please note that FPTR has adopted new grant reporting instructions. (1Mb, PDF)

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:

Education Research Grant Guidelines

One $40,000 research grant will be awarded to an emerging investigator that seeks to conduct research with any area consistent with the APTA’s Research Agenda. The APTA Supporting the Profession fund makes this grant possible.

How to Apply:

Foundation Research Grant Guidelines

One $40,000 Geriatric Research Grant is to be awarded to an Emerging Investigator for research that addresses an area of high impact and priority for improving the practice of physical therapy for the treatment of aging adults.  The project must also be consistent with the priorities outlined within the APTA Geriatrics Research Agenda.

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

How to Apply:

Geriatric Research Grant 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. 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

Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant Letter of Intent Instructions Due: June 1, 2021 

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 Therapy Research Grant Guidelines 

Paris Patla Physical Therapy Research Grant Letter of Intent Instructions Due: June 1, 2021

An award for research focused on orthopedic manual therapy. Details surrounding this award for 2022 are on the horizon please check the website for more information as it becomes available.  A LOI is required. This grant is made possible from a generous donation from Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, HonLLD(Otago), and Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc, MS, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT.

How to Apply:

Paris Patla Manual Therapy Research Grant Guidelines 

Paris Patla Manual Therapy Research Grant Letter of Intent Instructions Due: June 1, 2022

One $40,000 research grant 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.

Snyder Research Grant Guidelines 

Future Grant Opportunities

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 $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.

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-scores.org/.

One Deusinger Family Foundation Research Grant of up to $40,000 will be awarded to a support a new investigator in a high risk/high reward, high impact, innovative area of high contemporary significance to the profession.

This grant is generously supported from the Deusinger Family Endowment Fund.

How to Apply:

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

Foundation grants are made possible through our supporters, including the following:

GETTING STARTED?

Watch our 2021 Research Grants webinar for tips on submitting a successful application.

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