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. This grant will provide $40,000 for either one or two year projects. These grants are generously supported in part by the student fundraising efforts in the Marquette Challenge.  Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines (New for 2016 – please read!)

Application Deadline: Closed
Award Notification: December 2016

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 will provide $40,000 for either one or two year projects. 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 2016 – please read!)

Application Deadline: Closed
Award Notification: December 2016

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).

One $80,000 grant is to be awarded for research projects to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions most commonly delivered by physical therapists as determined by current practice standards and developing innovative physical therapist interventions and evaluating their effectiveness.

Emerging, as well as, experienced investigators are welcome to apply.

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 2016 – please read!)

Letter of Intent Deadline: Closed
Application Deadline: Closed

Award Notification: December 2016

Moffat Geriatric Research Grant (NEW) 

One $40,000 research grant will be awarded to an emerging investigator to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapist examinations and/or interventions in geriatric populations. This grant is generously supported through the Marilyn Moffat Fund for Geriatric Research. Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines 

Application Deadline: Closed
Award Notification: December 2016

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(New for 2016 – please read!)

Application Deadline: Closed
Award Notification: December 2016.

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 will provide $40,000 for either one or two year projects. 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(New for 2016 – please read!)

Application Deadline: Closed
Award Notification: December 2016.