Small Grant Program
The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy supports its members by funding studies to systematically examine orthopaedic practice issues. The purpose of this grant program is to address the urgent need for clinical research in orthopaedic physical therapy. There are two types of awards in the grant program, project specific research grants and a post-doctoral fellow career development award.
TARGETED RECIPIENTS OF THE GRANT PROGRAM
The grant program is designed to provide funding to any Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy member who has the clinical resources to examine a well-defined clinical practice issue, but who needs some external funding to facilitate completion of the clinical research project. The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy has earmarked $110,000 to be awarded to support clinical research that is relevant to orthopaedic physical therapy that addresses one of the five areas described below:
GUIDELINES for PROJECT SPECIFIC GRANTS
Eligible studies will address one of the five following areas:
- examine the effectiveness of a treatment approach on a well-defined sample of patients with orthopaedic problems
- examine patient classification procedures for the purposes of determining an appropriate treatment
- further establish the meaningfulness of an examination procedure
- examine the role of the orthopaedic physical therapist in the health care environment
- mechanistic studies that have a clear and direct impact on evaluation and/or treatment techniques used in orthopedic physical therapy practice.
- Purpose: the grant should clearly address one of the five areas described above for eligible studies.
- Principal investigator (PI) must be a member of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, APTA.