Foundation for Physical Therapy: Foundation Research Grant

The Foundation for Physical Therapy (FPT) is accepting applications to support research studies aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapist interventions within any discipline relevant to physical therapy by emerging investigators. Award amount up to $40,000 over 1-2 years. The application deadline is August 3, 2017 by 12:00pm EDT.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations has identified the following private funding opportunity: 

Foundation for Physical Therapy: Foundation Research Grant
http://www.foundation4pt.org

The Foundation for Physical Therapy (FPT) is accepting applications to support research studies aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapist interventions within any discipline relevant to physical therapy by emerging investigators. FPT 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). Generally, those who have not received any federal funding are considered emerging investigators. However, an applicant may have received some types of federal funding and still be eligible for FPT grants. Examples of acceptable types of federal funding are: R03 (Small Research Grant), R21 (Exploratory/Developmental Grant), R15 (Academic Research Enhancement or AREA award), K01 (Research Scientist Development Award - Research and Training), K23 (Mentored Patient Oriented Research Career Development Award), F32 (National Research Service Award - Postdoctoral Fellowship) or funding via a T32 Institutional National Research Service Award. Proposals may be submitted by an individual or a group of investigators. 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 Investigators must be either a US citizen, a permanent resident in the US or have made an official application for permanent residence in the US. Also, eligible PIs must possess a license to practice physical therapy in the US or in a US jurisdiction OR have met all the requirements for physical therapy licensure in the U.S. or in a U.S. jurisdiction, including having received a passing score on the licensure exam; OR possess a physical therapist assistant license in the U.S. or in U.S. jurisdiction; OR have met all the requirements for licensure as a physical therapist assistant in the U.S. or in a U.S. jurisdiction, including having received a passing score on the licensure exam.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

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

Overhead expenses are not allowed with this award. Awards are made to the institution, not the individual.

Application Deadline: August 3, 2017 by Noon EDT. Award notification by December 2017. Application Guidelines for the award: http://www.foundation4pt.org/apply-for-funding/research-grants/research-grant-eligibility/

The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please email cfr@unc.edu or phone 919.962.2867.

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