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Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant (MFFRG)

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

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Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR)

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Grant to a USA individual or group of researchers affiliated with qualifying institutions for studies related to the effectiveness of physical therapist interventions and for the development and evaluation of new therapy techniques. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Preferred consideration will be given to studies that examine not only the therapeutic effectiveness of interventions, but also their cost-effectiveness, as well as 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.

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. 

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 Agenda

In addition, priority will be given to studies that:

  • 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

FPTR 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) 

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GrantWatch ID#: 171664

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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.

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 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.

For additional eligibility information, see:

Funds are available for research done in U.S. institutions only.

No overhead is allowed.

For Limitations of Use, see:
For Ineligible Requests, see:

Pre-Application Information:

- April 10, 2020: Fall 2020 funding applications open online for Grants
- June 1, 2020: Letter of Intent due by noon for the Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant
- August 5, 2020: Fall 2020 funding application deadline (Grants)
- August 8 – August 15, 2020: Checking Fall 2020 applicants’ eligibility and assign SRC reviewers
- August 19 – October 7, 2020: SRC reviewing Fall 2020 funding applications online
- October 2020: SRC calls to discuss top-scoring Fall 2020 funding applications
- November 1 – 15, 2020: Administrative review and edits of SRC reviews
- Prior to Thanksgiving 2020: Research Committee (RC) recommends awardees for Grants
- Late November or Early December 2020: BOT Awards Research Grants
- Prior to December 31, 2020: Award notification and Summary Statements go out to all applicants
*The dates included above are projected and subject to change.

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.

The applicant should contact the Scientific Program Administrator before applying with any questions regarding Principal Investigator eligibility criteria.

At the time of application, the investigator must request either a 1- or 2-year grant period.

Contact Information:

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

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

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

Phone: 800-875-137

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