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  • Foundation Announces 2018 Scholarship, Grant Opportunities

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) now is accepting applications for the 2018 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships and the 2018 Research Grants.

    The Kendall Post-Professional Doctoral Scholarships assist physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with outstanding potential who are in their first year of postprofessional doctoral degree studies. The $5,000 awards are given to meet tuition expenses or academic fees associated with a doctoral program. Application deadline is August 2, 2018, at 12:00 pm ET.

    Grant opportunities include:

    • Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant: $100,000 for a research project investigating physical therapist interventions. Investigators at any level are welcome to apply regardless of funding history. A letter of intent is required; applicants will be invited to submit full applications based on content. Letter of intent is due May 31, 2018, at noon ET; full application is due August 2, 2018, at noon ET.
    • Foundation Research Grant: $40,000 for an investigator-initiated research project by an emerging investigator. Full application is due August 2, 2018, at noon ET.
    • Health Services Research Pipeline Grant: $50,000 awarded to support research that examines how patients obtain physical therapy-related health care, how much that care costs, and outcomes, with an emphasis on the most-effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high-quality physical therapy-related care while potentially reducing medical errors and improving safety for patients. Full application is due August 2, 2018, at noon ET.
    • Acute Care Research Grant: $40,000 to an emerging investigator seeking to advance the practice of acute care physical therapy. This grant is made possible by the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy. Full application is due August 2, 2018, at noon ET.
    • Paris Patla Musculoskeletal Grant: $240,000 to support research on the musculoskeletal system and manual therapy. This new funding mechanism will award $120,000 per year for 2 years with a possible third year of funding through a competitive renewal, providing funding up to $360,000 over a 3-year period. Investigators at any level are welcome to apply regardless of funding history. A letter of intent is required and is due May 31, 2018, at noon ET. Full application is due August 2, 2018, at noon ET.
    • Pediatrics Research Grant: $40,000 to an emerging investigator seeking to conduct research consistent with the current Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy research agenda. This grant is made possible by the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Full application is due August 2, 2018, at noon ET.
    • Geriatric Research Grant: $40,000 to an emerging investigator for research focused on the development of interventions to address mobility in adults 75 years or older (or those 65-70 age range is justified) with multiple chronic health conditions. Full application is due August 2, 2018, at noon ET.
    • Orthopaedic Research Grant: $40,000 to an emerging investigator exploring clinical outcomes of physical therapist practice for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. This grant is made possible by the Orthopaedic Section Endowment Fund. Full application is due August 2, 2018, at noon ET.

    Questions? Email the Foundation, or call 800/875-1378.

    Note: Before starting your funding application, be sure to carefully read all eligibility guidelines, instructions, and information on funding mechanism deadlines. Also, it's a good idea to start the submission process early to allow for potential questions to be answered.