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Grant to USA Individual Investigators for Research
Projects Related to Physical Therapist Interventions

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Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR)

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Grant of $40,000 to a USA investigator or group of investigators for research projects to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapist interventions, within any discipline relevant to physical therapy. Funds may be requested to support expenses 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 intent of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) is to fund the highest quality scientifically based and clinically relevant research with priority given to projects having the most immediate clinical application. Proposed studies should add to or refine the body of knowledge on which physical therapist 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 clinical research.

Funding Priorities

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

  • Evaluate the clinical effectiveness of therapeutic interventions
  • Assess the interaction between patient characteristics and therapeutic methods
  • Explore the scientific basis for interventions used in physical therapy
  • Address an item identified in the APTA Research Agenda
  • Address health care disparities

FTPR 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 157578

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Term of Contract:

One or two years. A 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:

Proposals may be submitted by an individual or a group of investigators through a USA Sponsoring Organization or 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.

The purpose of FPTR's research grant program is to fund research studies in specified areas initiated by emerging investigators.

FPTR defines "emerging investigator" as one who has not previously acquired a substantive extramural research award as an independent principal investigator (e.g., National Institutes of Health [NIH] R01, Veterans Administration Merit Award, National Institutes of Disability and Rehabilitation Research Field-Initiated Project). For more information about emerging investigators, see here:

FRG award is made only to eligible Principal Investigators. 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.

The Principal Investigator must be employed by a domestic, public or private non-profit or for-profit organization that is eligible to receive FPTR research grants. For further requirements related to the Principal Investigator, see here:

Funds are available for research done in U.S. Institutions only.

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

Limitations of Use:
- No funds will be approved to finance cost overruns or deficits on existing projects or to finance projects already in progress.
- Support for purchase of major pieces of permanent equipment is limited to 20% or less of the total award.

For ineligible requests, see here:

Pre-Application Information:

Review Season 2 (projected dates) Applications open April 7-9:

- August 6, 2021: Fall 2021 funding application deadline (Grants)
- August 9 – August 13, 2021: Checking Fall 2021 applicants’ eligibility and assign SRC reviewers
- August 19 – October 7, 2021: SRC reviewing Fall 2021 funding applications online
- October 2021: SRC calls to discuss top-scoring Fall 2021 funding applications
- October 18-22, 2021: Administrative review and edits of SRC reviews
- Prior to Thanksgiving 2021: Research Committee (RC) recommends awardees for Grants
- Late November or Early December 2021: BOT Awards Research Grants
- Prior to December 31, 2021: Award notification and Summary Statements go out to all applicants

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).

All clinical trials must be registered.

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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
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 110
Alexandria, VA 22305-3085

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