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D.L. Hart Memorial Outcomes Research Grant
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Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) invites applications for the D.L. HART Memorial Outcomes Research Grant. FOTO is seeking proposals that will lead to improvements of the quality of care for patients with musculoskeletal or neurological conditions who are referred to physical therapy. Specifically, FOTO will consider research proposals that address one or more of the following five priority areas: 

  1. Practice-Based Evidence (PBE) studies to identify associations between rehabilitation processes of care, patient reported functional outcomes and/or healthcare costs, controlling for patient risk factors.
  2. Advancement of risk adjustment methods to control for potential confounders to enhance meaningful clinical interpretation of patient outcomes
  3. Advancement of patient subgrouping classification to improve patient care management and outcomes.
  4. Advancement of Pay for Performance (P4P) methods and models that are based on functional change and efficiency measures.
  5. Integration of physical performance and patient self-report health related quality of life measures to optimize assessment and monitoring of patient outcomes and to use in evaluation of clinical effectiveness.


  1. The grant should clearly address 1 or more of the 5 research priority areas described above.
  2. Individuals are encouraged to network with other clinicians and researchers to develop and complete projects at single or multi-clinic sites.
  3. Members of FOTO’s Research Advisory Board may apply for a D.L. Hart Memorial Outcomes Research Grant as PI, or participate as a coauthor or consultant; however that applicant may not participate in the review or selection process.

A maximum of $10,000 can be requested. All correspondence is with the principal investigator (PI). All work must be completed within two years of funding. Proposals will be subjected to a peer-review process and only the highest quality projects will be eligible to receive funding.

Deadline - January 10th
To apply, please complete the required application forms found at and submit all required materials through this website. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Download complete details and guidelines here.

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