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Grant to a USA Individual or Group of Investigators for Research Related to Physical Therapy Interventions

Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant (MFFRG)


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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/01/23
Deadline: 08/02/23 Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA individual or group of researchers affiliated with qualifying institutions for studies related to improvements in the quality and delivery of physical therapy. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for studies related to the evaluation and effectiveness of physical therapist interventions.

One MFFRG is to be awarded for research projects to evaluate 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. Preferred consideration will be given to studies that examine not only the therapeutic effectiveness of interventions, but also their cost effectiveness. 

Proposed studies should add to or refine the body of knowledge on which physical therapist practice is based using any of a variety of recognized investigative methods, such as experimental, descriptive, or correlational. Proposed studies should begin to address the most critical questions regarding clinical research.

FPTR 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.

Funds may be requested to meet any type of expense reasonably associated with the research project, including salaries and fringe benefits, purchase or rental of equipment, supplies, travel, publication costs, printing or postage, and special services such as computer time, photographic services, and secretarial or research assistant support.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Proposals may be submitted by an individual or a group of investigators through a U.S. Sponsoring Organization/ Institution with which they are affiliated. Groups must designate one (1) member as the Principal Investigator responsible for directing the project. Other members of the group may be physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, or persons from other disciplines that are relevant to the proposed study.

Principal Investigators supported by FPTR research grants are required to meet one of the following criteria: 1) be a U.S. citizen; 2) have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S.; or 3) have made an official application for permanent residence in the U.S. FPTR requires the applicant to demonstrate their residence status and visa status that will allow them to carry out the research. The applicant should contact the Scientific Research Program Administrator before applying if there is any question as to meeting one of the above three criteria.

The Principal Investigator must be employed by a domestic, public or private, non-profit or for-profit organization that is eligible to receive FPTR research grants. However, on the basis of statutory, regulatory, or published policy limitations, under certain programs or types of awards, FPTR may limit eligibility to, or exclude from eligibility, classes, or types of entities.

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No overhead (indirect costs) are allowed for any grant awards under any circumstances.

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Pre-Application Information
- April 5-7, 2023: Applications Open
- June 1, 2023: Letter of Intent (LOI) due
- August 2, 2023: Fall 2023 funding application deadline (Grants)
- August 9 – 16, 2023: Checking Fall 2023 applicants’ eligibility and assign SRC reviewers
- August 18 – October 25, 2023: SRC reviewing Fall 2023 funding applications online
- October 2023: SRC calls to discuss top-scoring Fall 2023 funding applications
- October 10-31, 2023: Administrative review and edits of SRC reviews
- Prior to Thanksgiving 2023: Research Committee (RC) recommends awardees for Grants
- Late November or Early December 2023: BOT Awards Research Grants
- Prior to December 31, 2023: Award notification and Summary Statements go out to all applicants

The dates included above are projected and subject to change.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Grant Amount $100,000

Term of Contract
A proposed project may have a Period of Performance of 1- or 2-years. The amount of the MFFRG will be the same, $100,000, for a 1- or a 2-year award. A grant year will begin January 1 and end December 31 unless another Period of Performance has been requested and approved by FPT in advance of application submission.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Foundation for Physical Therapy
1111 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 800-875-137

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