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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 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.

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

Fall 2018 Review Cycle 

Application opens: April 11, 2018
Application deadline: August 3, 2018 (due at 5:00 pm 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.

Application Deadline: August 3, 2018, 5:00pm EDT
Earliest Notification: December 31, 2018 (at 5pm Eastern Time)

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 generously supported in part by the student fundraising efforts in the Marquette Challenge.

Application Deadline: August 3, 2018, 5:00pm EDT
Earliest Notification: December 31, 2018 (at 5pm Eastern Time)

This grant is named in honor of the Marquette Challenge student fundraising effort.

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.

Application Deadline: August 3, 2018, 5:00pm EDT
Earliest Notification: December 31, 2018 (at 5pm Eastern Time)

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

One $50,000 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

Application Deadline: August 3, 2018, 5:00pm EDT
Earliest Notification: December 31, 2018 (at 5pm Eastern Time)

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.

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

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.

This grant is funded by the Magistro Family Foundation Endowment Fund established by Charles and Noel Magistro.

IMPORTANT: Applicants must have previously submitted a LOI AND received an invitation e-mail to submit a full application (the invitation is part of the submission).

Letter of Intent Deadline: May 31, 2018, 5pm EDT (Closed)
Earliest Letter of Intent Notification: June 15, 2018
Application Deadline: August 3, 2018, 5:00pm EDT
Earliest Notification: December 31, 2018 (at 5pm Eastern Time)

One $40,000 Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedic Section Endowment Fund.

Application Deadline: August 3, 2018, 5:00pm EDT
Earliest Notification: December 31, 2018 (at 5pm Eastern Time)

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.

Application Deadline: August 3, 2018, 5:00pm EDT
Earliest Notification: December 31, 2018 (at 5pm Eastern Time)

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 in abdominal and pelvic health physical therapy that aligns with the mission and vision of the APTA Section on Women’s Health

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