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Foundation for Physical Therapy Research: Physical Therapy Research Grants / Acute Care Physical Therapy Research Grant

Grant Amount: $40,000 for both opportunities
Deadline: July 31, 2024
Category: Physical Therapy,
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The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, the research funding organization for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), funds research and develop researchers to optimize movement and improve the health of society.

The foundation invites applications for the following grants programs:

2024 Foundation Research Grant – Provides $40,000 over up to two years to support research that evaluates the effectiveness of physical therapist interventions, within any discipline relevant to physical therapy, and addresses one or more priority area(s) of the APTA 2023 Research Agenda. 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; or address health and/or healthcare disparities.

2024 Acute Care Physical Therapy Research Grant
Grants of $40,000 over one or two years will be awarded to support research directly related to acute care physical therapy practice and relevant to acute care in addressing one or more priority area(s) of the APTA 2023 Research Agenda. Studies should seek to do one or more of the following: evaluate the clinical effectiveness of therapeutic acute care interventions; assess the interaction between patient characteristics and therapeutic methods; explore the scientific basis for interventions used in acute care physical therapy; or address health and/or healthcare disparities.

For both grant mechanisms, priority will be given to studies with these elements: have direct, real-world application to the practice of acute care physical therapy; address the need for measurable outcomes; ask a new question important to an intervention or its validation; or address a previously asked question with a new methodology, different sampling strategy, or a different form of analysis.

Proposed studies should add to or refine the body of knowledge and evidence on which physical therapy practice is based, using any recognized investigative designs, such as experimental, descriptive, or correlational, and using quantitative, mixed (including implementation science), or qualitative methods. Clinical trials must be registered.

To be eligible, the sponsoring institution must be legally registered in the United States as a domestically operating, public or private, nonprofit or for-profit institution or organization. The principal investigator must be employed by a domestic, public or private, nonprofit or for-profit organization or institution that is eligible to receive research grants and which agrees to act as the sponsoring institution; be a member of APTA at the time of application and for the life of the grant; and must meet the definition of emerging investigator.

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