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Physical Therapy Education Research Grant

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Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR)

Deadline Date:

08/17/22 5:00 PM (ET)


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Grant of up to $40,000 to a USA individual or group of researchers affiliated with qualifying institutions for studies related to physical therapist education. Eligible research projects will focus on the gap between evidence and practice. Priority will be given to projects having the most immediate clinical application.

Funds may be requested to meet any type of expense reasonably associated with the research project, including salaries and fringe benefits, purchase or rental of equipment, supplies, travel, publication costs, printing or postage, and special services such as computer time, photographic services, and secretarial or research assistant support.

The Physical Therapy Education Research Grant will be awarded 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. Specific projects may address gaps related to any aspect of physical therapist education ranging from teaching and learning in PT education, course/curriculum design and development, psychosocial educational needs, and/or adoption of clinical practice guidelines by PT students during clinical education training and eventual independent clinical practice.

Proposed studies should add to or refine the body of knowledge on which physical therapist educational practice is based using any of a variety of recognized investigative methods, such as experimental, descriptive, or correlational. Proposed studies should begin to address the most critical questions regarding contemporary clinical practice.

Studies should seek to do one or more of the following:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of teaching and learning in PT education, including both didactic and clinical education
  • Explore improvement in course design and development in physical therapy education
  • Explore the best way(s) to move evidence-based approaches to patient care into widespread use by physical therapy students
  • Address an item identified in the APTA Research Agenda as it relates to Education

Address an item identified in the APTA Research Agenda as it relates to Education FPTR would prefer that proposed studies:

  • Have obtained matching funds or in-kind services
  • Provide the basis for larger-scale submissions for funding to external agencies (e.g., NIH) 

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GrantWatch ID#: 188947

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A Physical Therapy Education Research Grant has a maximum total award of $40,000.

Term of Contract:

The Project Period of the Physical Therapy Education Research Grant is 2 years. Each grant year will begin January 1 and end December 31, unless another Period of Performance has been requested and approved by FPTR in advance of application submission.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The purpose of FPTR’s research grant program is to fund research studies in specified areas initiated by emerging investigators. Specific eligibility requirements and criteria for review and selection are contained in these guidelines.

Proposals may be submitted by an individual or a group of investigators through a U.S. Sponsoring Organization/ Institution with which they are affiliated. Groups must designate one (1) member as the Principal Investigator responsible for directing the project. Other members of the group may be physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, or persons from other disciplines that are relevant to the proposed study.

Physical Therapy Education Research Grant award is made only to eligible Principal Investigators, trained to conduct education research. Continued funding is dependent upon the Principal Investigator maintaining eligibility. FPTR will make research awards only to a legal entity that will be accountable for both the performance of the approved project or activity and the appropriate expenditure of funds. FPTR will not make an award to an applicant who is not the Principal Investigator and/or does not have a substantive role in the project and would simply serve as a conduit for another entity.

Principal Investigators supported by FPTR research grants are required to meet one of the following criteria: 1) be a U.S. citizen; 2) have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S.; or 3) have made an official application for permanent residence in the U.S. FPTR requires the applicant to demonstrate their residence status and visa status that will allow them to carry out the research.
For additional information on Principal Investigator Eligibility, see

Funds are available for research studies done in U.S. institutions only.

No overhead is allowed.

For Limitations of Use, see:

For Ineligible Requests, see:

Pre-Application Information:

- August 17, 2022: Fall 2022 funding application deadline (Grants) 5 p.m. (ET)
- August 17 – September 7, 2022: Checking Fall 2022 applicants’ eligibility and assign SRC reviewers
- September 7 – October 7, 2022: SRC reviewing Fall 2022 funding applications online
- October 2022: SRC calls to discuss top-scoring Fall 2022 funding applications
- Late October 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 applicant should contact the Scientific Program Administrator before applying with any questions regarding Principal Investigator eligibility criteria.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Foundation for Physical Therapy
1111 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314


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