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Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant (MFFRG)

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

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Foundation for Physical Therapy (FPT)

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Deadline Date:

08/02/18 12:00 PM Noon EDT


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Grant to a USA individual or group of investigators for a research project related to the effectiveness of common physical therapy interventions. A letter of intent is due May 31, 2018. Preference will be given to studies that also examine the cost-effectiveness of these interventions and to projects having the most immediate clinical application.

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.

Studies should seek to do one or more of the following:

- Evaluate the clinical effectiveness of therapeutic interventions
- Assess the interaction between patient characteristics and therapeutic methods
- Explore the scientific basis for interventions used in physical therapy
- Address an item identified in the APTA Research

In addition, priority will be given to studies which:

- Have direct application to the practice of physical therapy
- Address the need for measurable outcomes
- Ask a new question important to intervention or its validation
- Address a previously asked question with a new methodology, different sampling strategy or a different form of analysis

FPT would prefer that proposed studies:

- Have obtained matching funds or in-kind services
- Provide the basis for larger-scale submissions for funding to external agencies (e.g., NIH)

The Principal Investigator’s responsibilities include:

- Fiscal accountability for funds awarded.
- Direct oversight of the scientific process with accountability for the quality of the study as conducted.
- Submission of all progress and final reports to the Foundation.
- Dissemination of results of the study through peer-reviewed publications and public presentation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171664

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum MFFRG amount is $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

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.

Physical therapy Principal Investigators at any level, of any academic rank, are eligible to apply for the MFFRG.

Principal Investigators supported by FPT 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. FPT requires the applicant to demonstrate their residence status and visa status that will allow them to carry out the research.

The applicant may be required to provide proof if its status by submitting documentation. In addition to reviewing the organizational eligibility, FPT may consider other factors relating to the applicant’s ability to responsibly handle and account for FPT funds and to carry out the project. These factors include the applicant’s intended role in the project, the location where the project will be performed, the role of the Principal Investigator in the project, and the Principal Investigator’s employment and citizenship status.

The Principal Investigator must be employed by a domestic, public or private, non-profit or for-profit organization that is eligible to receive FPT research grants.

FPT 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.

In addition to the above, at the time of application the Principal Investigator must:

- Possess a license to practice physical therapy in the U.S. or in a U.S. jurisdiction; or
- Have met all the requirements for physical therapy licensure in the U.S. or in a U.S. jurisdiction, including having received a passing score on the licensure exam; or
- Possess a physical therapist assistant license in the U.S. or in U.S. jurisdiction; or
- Have met all the requirements for licensure as a physical therapist assistant in the U.S. or in a U.S. jurisdiction, including having received a passing score on the licensure exam.

If you are a physical therapist assistant who has graduate from a fully accredited physical therapist assistant program and reside in a state or jurisdiction that does not require licensure (Hawaii, Colorado, and Michigan), a copy of your certificate of completion of studies must be included in your application.


- Projects to be completed in fulfillment of requirements for an academic degree are not eligible to be funded by the MFFRG. A doctoral student in the latter stage of the dissertation phase of his/her program may submit an application, but must provide evidence of completion of the degree by October 15. If this evidence is not provided by this date, the proposed project will not be funded.

- The proposed study must differ substantially from any thesis research being conducted by graduate assistant(s) to be supported by the MFFRG.

- Projects sponsored by an organization or institution outside the United States are ineligible for the MFFRG.

- Under no circumstances will funding be provided for expenses or debts incurred before the award date of the MFFRG.

- An applicant may not apply for the MFFRG if they are concurrently applying for another FPT funding mechanism.

- If the applicant is a current FPT funding recipient and is operating under a No-Cost Extension (NCE) agreement, no pending applications for this funding mechanism will be considered. Further, there can be no overlap between FPT funding mechanism periods of performance.

- If the applicant is a current or prior FPT funding recipient and has not complied with reporting or obligation requirements associated with the prior current or prior award, he/she will not be considered in good standing with FPT and is not eligible to apply for an FPT funding mechanism.

- No overhead is allowed.

Limitations of Use:

- No funds will be approved to finance cost overruns or deficits on existing projects or to finance projects already in progress
- Support for purchase of major pieces of permanent equipment is limited to 20% or less of the total award

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent Deadline: May 31, 2018, 12:00 PM Noon EDT
Application Deadline: August 2, 2018, 12:00 PM Noon EDT
Earliest Notification: December 31, 2018 (at 5 PM Eastern Time)

A Letter of Intent to Apply, a Project Technical Abstract, and a current investigator biosketch are required to be submitted to FPT by a specified deadline in order to be considered for application to the MFFRG.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

Foundation for Physical Therapy
1111 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 800-875-137

For any technical assistance in using the submission site, please contact: .

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