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HPA Grant Program
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The purpose of the Section on Health Policy and Administration Grant Program is to stimulate, encourage and support research activities that enhance the body of knowledge related to health policy, clinical administration, global health, and the use of technology in physical therapy. The grants provide funding to assist new physical therapist investigators, or established investigators who are embarking on a new research agenda in these areas of physical therapist practice, leadership, administration, or education. Through this grant program, the Section hopes to encourage the development of proposals that will seek financial support from external agencies.

1-2 research grant awards of up to $15,000 are available to Section members to assist with a 1-year research study that investigates a question or questions of importance to health policy or clinical administration. Grants may be renewable (no-cost extension) for up to 1 year.

Deadline for Proposals: midnight, December 31, annually.

Instructions and guidelines for submitting research proposals for the HPA grant program are available below:

Physical therapists receiving funding from this program will be expected to report their findings at a Combined Sections Meeting within three years of receipt of funding.

For further information you may contact the Research Committee Chair.

Recent Grant Recipients

  • 2018: Elizabeth Regan, PT, DPT, OCS: Integrating Stroke Survivors into Cardiac Rehabilitation: Exploring Effectiveness, Feasibility, Physical Therapist Involvement and Policy Implications 
  • 2017: Janet Dolot, PT, DPT, DrPH, OCS: Physical Therapy Utilization for non-Specific Low Back Pain: a Multi-Level Analysis of Predictors and a Description of Pain and Functional Outcomes
  • 2016: Margaret Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD: Impact of Integrating Physical Therapists into a Medicaid Worksite Wellness Program
  • 2015: Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS: Enhancing Physical Therapy Participation in Models of Transitional Care
  • 2014: Beth Black, PT, DSc: Theory-Based Intervention Program to Support Physical Activity for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A Case Series
    Jean Weaver, PT, MBA: Physical Therapists and Safe Patient Handling and Movement in States with/without Policy
  • 2013: Beth McManus, PT, MPH, ScD, PCS: Costs of Pediatric Physical Therapy Services for Low-income Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Delays and Disabilities
  • 2012: Carla Sabus, PT, PhD: Organizational Dimensions of Innovative Physical Therapy Practice
  • 2011: Gina Marie Musolino, PT, MSEd, EdD: Evaluation of Florida PT Providers’ Level of Cultural Competence

Research Grant Submission Form

Complete the following form to be considered. Be sure to follow the above instructions and guidelines - you'll need to attach your application to the below form.


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