Guidelines for Clinical Research Grants


*Available to Academy Members Only* 


One clinical research grant award of $10,000 is available to Academy members to assist with a 1-year research study that investigates a question(s) of importance to adult or pediatric oncology or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) physical therapy. The purpose of the award is to provide funding to assist primarily new physical therapists investigators and to encourage research that will add to the body of knowledge related to improvement of oncology and HIV physical therapy. This grant can be awarded to support post-professional dissertation research or a clinical researcher who is working with colleagues who have a post-professional degree.  

Application Procedure and Deadline

To apply, send two (2) electronic copies of your proposal (one not blinded, one blinded) to the Academy Research Grant Coordinator. The due date for for submission is May 1. The Academy Research Grant Coordinator will send an email notification to the Principal Investigator (PI) to verify receipt.


Research Grant Coordinator

Melissa M. Eden PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
Therapy Services Research Specialist
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Phone: (480) 342-0450
Secretary: (480) 342-1869
FAX: (480) 342-4864
Mayo Clinic
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
5777 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85054

Download the Full 2019 Grant Application Packet


Research Grant Winners

  • 2018 – Quality of Life and Physical Function Loss in Rural Lung Cancer Surgery Patients: A Qualitative Study
    Chris Barnes, PT, DPT
    University of Utah
  • 2017 – Risk Prediction, Perceptions, Circumstances, and Consequences of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Prospective Study
    Min H. Huang, PT, PhD
    University of Michigan- Flint
  • 2016 – Effects of Prescribed Physical Activity on Sleep and Performance in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Patients
    Kota Reichert, PT, DPT, CLT, CSCS
    Stanford Healthcare
  • 2015 – Shoulder-Specific Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Use in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: An Assessment of Reliability and Validity Using Rasch Analysis
    Melissa M. Eden, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
    Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • 2014 – A Quantitative Description of Arm Activity between Survivors of Breast Cancer and Healthy Controls:  Use of Accelerometry
    Mary I. Fisher, PT, PhD, OCS, CLT
    University of Dayton
  • 2013 – The Effects of Yoga on Persons with HIV-Related Distal Sensory Polyneuropathy (DSP)
    David M. Kietrys, PT, PhD, OCS
  • 2012 – The Effect of Breast Cancer Treatment on Shoulder Complex Motion and Coordination
    David Ebaugh, PT, PhD
    Drexel University
  • 2011 – Effects of a 12-week Multidisciplinary Weight Loss Program (Fit for the Fight) on BMI, Functional Capacity, Quality of Life and Markers of Inflammation in Overweight/Obese Women With Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
    Anne Swisher, PT, PhD, CCS
    Division of Physical Therapy
  • 2010 – Impact of an Ankle Foot Orthosis Intervention on Physical Performance and Impairment-Level Deficits in Children with non-CNS Cancers: A Pilot Study
    Lynn Tanner, PT, MPT
    Children’s Minnesota
  • 2009 – NOT GIVEN
  • 2008 – Expanding the Interdisciplinary Hospice Team: Impact of the Integration of Physical Therapy as a Core Service
    Karen Mueller, PT, PhD
    Northern Arizona University
  • 2007 – Influences on Physical Activity and Exercise Behaviors Among Breast Cancer Survivors
    Antoinette (Toni) Sander, PT, DPT, MS, CLT-LANA
    Northwestern University

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