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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 $20,000 in grant funding for relevant research that will continue to build our body of knowledge. The goal of the Fund is to eventually provide two grants per year at $25,000 each. 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.

To be eligible to apply for a grant, the Principal Investigator or the Project Mentor must be a member of the California Physical Therapy Association. The research study must relate to physical therapy. Proposals must fall into one of five categories to be accepted: Clinical Validation; Health Services Research; Educational Research; Translational Research, or Basic Research. The goal of the Fund is to award grants to emerging researchers, but proposals from all levels will be considered.

The submission deadline for 2020 is August 28.

Grant Application

Before you Apply

Check out these helpful tips from previous grant applicants and the reviewers themselves.

View a sample review form so that you can make sure you have all of the required components:

          Active Research Projects

Investigating the Limits of Improvement in Walking Recovery in Chronic Stroke: Is There Evidence of a “Plateau"

The purpose of this study is to determine the time course of recovery in functional walking capacity and biomechanical changes in individuals with chronis stroke following repeated bouts of intensive, task oriented locomotor training.


Brian Moore, PT, DPT, NCS

Spatial Cognitive Acquisition and Self-Propulsion in Infants and Toddlers with Spina Bifida

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that pre-crawling infants with spina bifida undertaking a four week home intervention of manual propulsion in a floor cart will promote environmental exploration and will show increases in spatial cognitive skills.


Monica Rivera, PT, DScPT, MS

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.