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AACPT Research Seed Grant: Request for Proposals
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Request for Research Proposals

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The purpose of the APTA Acute Care Research Grant is to support research in acute care physical therapy conducted by members of APTA Acute Care. The proposed study must be related to the issues relevant to the practice of acute care physical therapy.


To be eligible to receive the APTA Acute Care research grant, the investigator must be a member in good standing of APTA Acute Care at the time of application and receipt of the grant. Members may be clinicians, graduate students, or faculty. Graduate student members may use the grant toward the costs associated with thesis or dissertation projects.  


APTA Acute Care's Research Committee will award up to $5,000 seed money for research. Grant funds may support study expenses such as data collection, statistical analysis, consulting fees, subject compensation, equipment costs, and publication of results. Grant funds may not be used for indirect costs or for travel to meetings. Research funds will be distributed after the Committee receives a certificate of IRB approval from the awardee.

Application Process:

All applications must be submitted via the form at the bottom of this page. No email submissions will be accepted. The research proposal should be formatted with 1-inch margins, font size no smaller than 11 point Arial. The proposal should follow the format outlined below. 

  • Title Page: Include the title of the proposal, and name and address of the investigators; including email addresses.
  • Table of Contents: Provide page numbers for each subsequent section of the proposal.
  • Section 1: Abstract: Structured format to include Purpose, Design, Methods, Data Analysis, and Significance. 300 words maximum.
  • Section 2: Specific Aims and Hypotheses: including what this specific research is to accomplish. One page maximum
  • Section 3: Research Plan: Include Preliminary Data (if applicable), Experimental Design, and Methods (2-page maximum). Whenever possible, please account for the design, subjects, methods, variables, statistics, power analysis, limitations, and potential problems and risks.
  • Section 4: Literature Cited: Use AMA format, single-spaced. 
  • Section 5: Appendices:
    • Appendix A: Proposed Budget and Budget Justification: Funds from APTA Acute Care should only be for necessary costs that are not available from other sources to include, as stated above. 
    • Appendix B: Abbreviated Biography of the Principal Investigator (NIH Format, 3-page maximum) Include: Name and Position; Education and Training (Institution, Location, Degree, Year, Field of Study); Positions Held and Honors; Publications, if any; Funding History, if any). See example. 
    • Appendix C: IRB Informed Consent and Approval Letter, if approved prior to submission of research proposal. If not approved, provide a timeline and plan for IRB approval and description of risks and protections for human subjects, one page, maximum. The award cannot be disbursed without IRB approval or an institutional exemption letter stating why IRB approval is not required for the project.
    • Appendix D: Statement of Support (Optional): Provide a letter or statement from a supervisor, describing the environment and discussing the time and/or equipment available to the investigator for research.

Review Process: 

The submission deadline was 11:00 p.m. Eastern on May 31, 2020 and has been closed. 

Complete applications will be reviewed by members of APTA Acute Care Research Committee for scientific merit. Evaluators will use NIH Reviewers’ Guidelines to rate each proposal on the following criteria: Refer to 

  1. Significance: Relevance, importance and potential contribution of the research objective to acute care physical therapy;
  2. Approach: Scientific merit, logic and clarity of the research design and methodology; feasibility to complete the project within the projected time and budget;
  3. Innovation: Novelty of the approach or therapy; whether the project generates pilot data which can be used to acquire additional grant funding for a larger project;
  4. Investigators: Training and experience of investigators in relation to the proposed research; availability of research mentorship as needed;
  5. Environment: Institutional/Clinical support.

Evaluators will rate each of the five criteria on a 1-9 point scale to score proposals. See scoring system and procedure. Each reviewer’s score will be averaged into an overall score. The application with the best overall score will be recommended for funding. 

The Research Grant Coordinator will notify the recipient no later than July 1, 2020. Funds will be released to the recipient by Aug. 1, 2020, as long as proof of IRB approval has been provided. 

Responsibilities of Grant Awardees: 

Grant recipients are required to complete the following items:

  1. A one-page progress summary must be submitted by Aug. 1, 2021, twelve months after the grant award date of the grant.
  2. Upon completion of the study, a manuscript/report must be submitted for publication to The Journal for Acute Care Physical Therapy or an equivalent physical therapy research journal. Receipt of a research grant does not guarantee acceptance into the Journal for Acute Care Physical Therapy.
  3. The financial support of APTA Acute Care must be acknowledged in published research articles or scientific poster/platform presentations at professional meetings such as Combined Sections.

Contact Information:

Please address any questions to:

Barbara Smith, PhD, PT
Chair, APTA Acute Care Research Committee
Department of Physical Therapy
P.O. Box 100154
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0154
Office: (352) 294-5315

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