The mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy is to fund and publicize physical therapy research that determines the scientific basis and value of services intended to optimize physical functioning by physical therapists, and to develop the next generation of researchers.
To that end, grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded to research projects designed to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapist interventions within any discipline relevant to the field. 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.
FPT 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.
To be eligible, applicants must be an individual or a group of investigators applying through a U.S. sponsoring organization/institution with which they are affiliated. Groups must designate one member as the principal investigator responsible for directing the project. Other members of the group may be physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, or individuals from other disciplines that are relevant to the proposed study.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Foundation for Physical Therapy website.