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Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Research Grant

Grant to a USA Researcher for Studies
Related to Physical Therapy Treatments

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Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR)

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Grant to a USA researcher affiliated with an institution or organization for research projects related to physical therapy treatments. Funding is intended to cover fringe benefits, salary, and direct expenses. The purpose of the grant program is to examine the clinical outcomes of physical therapy practice for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

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.

Areas of Study

One Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Research Grant is to be awarded for research that examines clinical outcomes of physical therapy practice for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. The project may investigate mechanism, comparative effectiveness or optimal management of musculoskeletal conditions, including screening, differential diagnosis, prediction, and testing of theories related to treatment dosage, efficacy, and effectiveness. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 195466

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Maximum Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Research Grant amount is $40,000.

Term of Contract:

A proposed project may have a Period of Performance of I- or 2-years. At the time of application, the investigator must request either a 1- or 2-year grant period. The amount of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Research Grant will be the same, $40,000, for a I- or a 2-year award. A grant year will begin January I 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 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.

The Grant award is made only to eligible Principal Investigators. Continued funding is dependent upon the Principal Investigator PPPTRG 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 applicant should contact the Scientific program Administrator before applying if there is any question as to meeting one of the above three criteria.

The Principal Investigator must be employed by a domestic, public or private, nonprofit or for-profit organization that is eligible to receive FPTR research grants. However, on the basis of statutory, regulatory, or published policy limitations, under certain programs or types of awards, FPTR may limit eligibility to, or exclude from eligibility, classes, or types of entities.

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

For additional eligibility requirements, see:

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

NO OVERHEAD IS ALLOWED. Please make your institution fully aware of this restriction.

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

*The dates included above are projected and subject to change. Please be sure to check back to the site for additional updates and register to receive the Foundation’s eNews using the subscription form on the right-hand column of the URL page.

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

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