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Grant to a USA Researcher or Group of Researchers for Studies that Address the Effectiveness of Physical Therapy Interventions

Acute Care Research Grant (ACRG)


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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/01/23
Deadline: 08/02/23 Save

Grant Description
Grant of up to $40,000 to a USA individual or group of researchers affiliated with qualifying institutions for studies related to the effectiveness of physical therapist interventions within any relevant discipline. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Priority will be given to research that has direct application to the practice of acute care physical therapy.

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. 

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.

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 that:

  • Have direct application to the practice of physical therapy
  • Address the need formeasurable 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 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The purpose of FPTR’s research grant program is to fund research studies in specified areas initiated by emerging investigators. Specific eligibility requirements and criteria for review and selection are contained in these guidelines.

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.

ACRG award is made only to eligible Principal Investigators. Continued funding is dependent upon the Principal Investigator ACRG 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.

For additional information on Principal Investigator Eligibility, see

No overhead (indirect costs) are allowed for any grant awards under any circumstances.

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 Ineligible Requests, see:

Pre-Application Information
- April 5-7, 2023: Applications Open
- June 1, 2023: Letter of Intent (LOI) due
- August 2, 2023: Fall 2023 funding application deadline (Grants)
- August 9 – 16, 2023: Checking Fall 2023 applicants’ eligibility and assign SRC reviewers
- August 18 – October 25, 2023: SRC reviewing Fall 2023 funding applications online
- October 2023: SRC calls to discuss top-scoring Fall 2023 funding applications
- October 10-31, 2023: Administrative review and edits of SRC reviews
- Prior to Thanksgiving 2023: Research Committee (RC) recommends awardees for Grants
- Late November or Early December 2023: BOT Awards Research Grants
- Prior to December 31, 2023: Award notification and Summary Statements go out to all applicants

The applicant should contact the Scientific Program Administrator before applying with any questions regarding Principal Investigator eligibility criteria.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


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Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum ACRG amount is $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 ACRG will be the same, $40,000, for a 1- or a 2-year award. A 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.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Foundation for Physical Therapy
1111 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314


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