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Deusinger Family Foundation Research Grant (DFRG)

Grant to a USA Early-Career Investigator for an Innovative,
High Risk Project Related to Physical Therapy Treatments

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Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR)

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Grant of up to $40,000 to a USA early-career investigator affiliated with an organization or institution for an innovative project related to physical therapy treatments. Funding is intended to support high-risk research that has the potential for high impact and high reward. Grant funds may be used in support of salary, fringe benefits, and direct expenses.

Use of Funds: 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 DFRG 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. 

Funding Objectives: The intent of 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. The Research Agenda is provided as a guide to identification of those critical research questions.

Funding Priorities: Studies should seek to do one or more of the following. specifically as related to the role of physical therapy prevention of secondary health conditions. impairments of body structures and functions. activity limitations and/or participation restrictions. 

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

In addition, priority will be given to studies which:

  • Have direct application to the practice of physical therapy
  • Address the need for measurable outcomes
  • Ask a new question important to intervention or its validation
  • Address a previously asked question with a new methodology, different sampling strategy or a different form of analysis 

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) 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195467

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $40,000

Term of Contract:

A proposed project may have a Period of Performance of 1- or 2-years. At the time of application, the investigator must request either a 1- or 2-year grant period. The amount of the will be the same, $40,000, for a 1- or a 2-year award. A DFRG 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 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.

Principal Investigator 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.

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

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

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 additional eligibility details and limitations of funds, see:

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.

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

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