Today the CAL-PT-FUND’s highest priority is to provide research grants to CPTA members in order to advance evidence based practice and to build a cadre of practitioner scholars. The Fund annually awards up to $10,000 in grant funding for relevant research that will continue to build our body of knowledge. The goal of the Fund is to provide $25,000 each for two grants per year. The Fund is attempting to raise $500,000 in order to award the grants from the interest earned on account, thus insuring the future of California funding for California physical therapists and physical therapist assistant practitioner scholars.
CAL-PT-FUND Grant Application
Thank you for your interest in the California Physical Therapy Fund’s research study grant program. To be eligible to apply for a grant, you must be a member of the California Physical Therapy Association. The research study must relate to physical therapy. Priority will be given to research study proposals that seek to validate the clinical techniques in physical therapy (Clinical Validation Research Study), but applications for Basic Research Study grants are also considered.
Download the 2017 Grant Application Package. The deadline for submitting grant proposals is August 4, 2017.
Before you Apply
Tips & Tricks
Check out these helpful tips from previous grant applicants and the reviewers themselves!
Grant Review Form
Take a look at what we will be evaluating when we receive your application so that you can make sure you have all of the required components!
The Foundation for Physical Therapy
There are also research grants, fellowships, and scholarships available through the Foundation for Physical Therapy. These are for larger projects and all Physical Therapists (not just Californians) are eligible. You can access the current list of available gifts by visiting their website. For more information about the Foundation for Physical Therapy, please contact Info@Foundation4PT.org
The CAL-PT-FUND is proud to announce that we have partnered with The Foundation for Physical Therapy to support larger research projects and scholarships for Californians. We look forward to working with The Foundation in the coming years and hope that our partnership will encourage more California PTs and PTAs to apply for funding through them.
Active CAL-PT-FUND Funded Research Projects
Betty Smoot, PT, DPTSc, MAS & Amber Fitzsimmons, PT, MS, DPTSc
Reliability and Validity of Laser Guided Digital Goniometry
The purpose of the study is to investigate the intra- and inter-rater reliability of a novel laser-guided digital goniometer and concurrent validity between the laser-guided digital goniometer and the universal goniometer in teh measurement of active shoulder ROM.
Beth Smith, PT, DPT, PhD
Variability in Infant Leg Movement Behavior Across 7 Days
The purpose of the study will be to quantify continuous infant movement assessment for two complementary purposes: 1) to identify infants as having healthy, delayed, or impaired neuromotor control within the first months, and 2) to inform early intervention practices.