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

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: Not currently open to applications.
Award Notification: December 2015

Geriatric Research Grant

Funds emerging investigators researching methods to facilitate the aging-in-place for older adults in a supportive community setting utilizing novel and innovative approaches for access to physical therapist services and care.  This grant is funded by the Geriatric Endowment Fund, made possible with generous gifts from APTA’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.  Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines (New for 2015 – please read!)

Application Deadline: Not currently open to applications.
Award Notification: December 2015

Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant

IMPORTANT: Applicants must have previously submitted a LOI AND received an invitation e-mail to submit a full application (the invitation is part of the submission).

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. Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines (New for 2015 – please read!)

Letter of Intent Deadline: June 1, 2015, 12:00 Noon EDT (CLOSED)
Application Deadline:
Not currently open to applications.
Award Notification: December 2015

Private Practice Section Research Grant

Now Accepting Applications!

One research grant will be awarded to an investigator to evaluate payment for physical therapist services in relation to patient outcomes. Potential applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to apply for this funding mechanism. This grant is generously supported by APTA’s Private Practice Section. Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines (New for 2015 – please read!)

Application Deadline: Not currently open to applications.
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.