The Foundation, like the physical therapy profession, is dedicated to the goal of improving the quality and delivery of patient care.  The Foundation accomplishes this by providing support to emerging investigators to promote scientifically based and clinically relevant research related to the effectiveness of physical therapist practice.

The Foundation supports research projects in any specialty.  The Foundation 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.

The grant period of performance may be one or two years.  No overhead is allowed.

Foundation Research Grant

Coming soon!

Funds clinically relevant research by emerging investigators seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions.  These grants are generously supported in part by the student fundraising efforts in the Marquette Challenge.  Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines (New for 2015 – please read!)

Application Deadline: August 5, 2015, 12:00 Noon EDT
Award Notification: December 2015

Geriatric Research Grant

Coming soon!

Funds emerging investigators examining methods to facilitate the translation of research into current physical therapy practice with aging adults.  This grant is funded in part by the Geriatric Endowment Fund, made possible with generous gifts from APTA’s Section on Geriatrics, the Legacy Endowment Fund, the Marilyn Moffat Endowment Fund for Geriatric Research, and the Marquette Challenge.  Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines (New for 2015 – please read!)

Application Deadline: August 5, 2015, 12:00 Noon EDT
Award Notification: December 2015

Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant

Coming soon!

Funds investigator-initiated studies focused on the following areas:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of physical therapist interventions most commonly delivered by physical therapists as determined by current practice patterns.
  • Developing innovative physical therapist interventions and evaluating their effectiveness.

Preferred consideration will be given to studies that examine not only the therapeutic effectiveness of interventions, but also their cost effectiveness. Potential applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to apply for this funding mechanism. Letters of intent will be approved on a rolling acceptance. Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines (New for 2015 – please read!)

Letter of Intent Deadline: June 1, 2015
Application Deadline:
August 5, 2015, 12:00 Noon EDT
Award Notification: December 2015

Private Practice Section Research Grant

Coming soon!

Letter of Intent Deadline: June 1, 2015
Application Deadline:
August 5, 2015, 12:00 Noon EDT
Award Notification: December 2015

Orthopaedic Research Grant

Funds emerging investigators exploring clinical outcomes of physical therapy practice for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. This grant will provide $40,000 for either one or two year projects. This grant is generously funded by the Orthopaedic Section Endowment Fund.  Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines.

Application Deadline: Not currently open to applications.
Award Notification: December of year of application.

Pediatric Research Grant

Funds emerging researchers that seek to examine one or more elements in the physical therapy patient/client management for children with developmental disabilities.  The project may focus on any of the following elements: examination, diagnosis, prognosis or intervention.  Priority consideration will be given to projects that examine the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions.  This grant is generously supported in part by the Pediatric Endowment Fund, made possible with generous gifts from APTA’s Section on Pediatrics, and the Legacy Endowment Fund.  Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines.

Application Deadline: Not currently open to applications.
Award Notification: December of year of application.