Research Grants

Purpose and Deadlines

A research award of up to $1,000 to physical therapists residing and licensed in the State of Oklahoma to assist with a 1-year research study that investigates a question or questions of importance to physical therapy in Oklahoma.  The purpose of the grant is to provide funding to assist primarily new physical therapist investigators and to encourage research that will add to the body of knowledge related to improvement of physical therapy in Oklahoma.

Details regarding the specific required content, format and review procedures of a proposal are included within this document.

The due date for submission each year is 5 p.m. Dec 1st.  Proposals must be postmarked by the due date to be eligible for review.  To ensure that proposals have been received by the OPTF, investigators may either request e-mail notification or send a stamped self-addressed postcard for return upon receipt by OPTF.

To apply, email your grant application to

Any questions concerning the proposal may be emailed to the OPTF Grants Committee at

Oklahoma Physical Therapy Foundation

Guidelines for Research Grant Applications

* Research Grant Available to physical therapists who reside and are licensed in Oklahoma only *


The Oklahoma Physical Therapy Foundation (OPTF) is a nonprofit organization established for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. OPTF’s Mission: OPTF is the recognized provider of funds for P.T. education, research, and community service that positively impact Oklahomans. One-way OPTF pursues its mission is by supporting research activities, educational programs, and community service projects. The OPTF supports only those research 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.

General Information

The maximum award will not exceed $1,000 per year.  The application is competitive; therefore OPTF reserves the right to decide final award amounts.  The grant supports direct expenses only.  It does NOT allow salary, fringe benefits, or overhead costs.

The grant year is January 1 through December 31.

Funds may be requested to meet any type of expense reasonably associated with the research project, including purchase or rental of equipment, supplies, travel, printing or postage, and special services such as computer time, photographic services, and secretarial or research assistant support.  

Salary and fringe benefits of physical therapists or physical therapist assistants will not be funded.  Overhead or indirect costs (e.g., electricity, rental/mortgages) will not be funded.

The intent of the OPTF is to fund programs of highest quality and having the most immediate or lasting community impact.  Proposed programs should positively impact Oklahomans. 

Regarding the Research project, any area of physical therapy practice will be evaluated for funding.  The intent of the OPTF is to fund the highest quality scientifically based and clinically relevant research with priority given to projects having the most immediate clinical application.  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 correlation. 

The Grants Committee of the OPTF Board will conduct the distribution of funds and the criteria for selecting recipients. Research Grant applicants will be competing with OPTF Community Service Project and Educational Program applicants. The committee will review the applications, approve the research studies, and   make recommendations to the OPTF Board for final approval and funding amount.

Oklahoma Physical Therapy Foundation

Guidelines for Physical Therapy Research Grant Proposals

Format for Proposal

Include sufficient, but concise information that will allow the reviewers to evaluate the proposal.  The ability to present your proposal clearly and briefly may be considered by the reviewers to be an indication of your ability to have a focused approach to your research objective and to complete the project.  Use the American Psychological Association (APA) writing and format guidelines.  The proposal should include the attached cover pages and the sections described below.  The Research Plan should not exceed 10 single-spaced pages (12-point type or larger), excluding references.  Please include page numbers. Specific details on what to include in the Research Plan, Dissemination of Results, and Budget Sections are enclosed.  All forms are available in electronic form, upon request to the OPTF. 

Oklahoma Physical Therapy Foundation
Physical Therapy Research Grant Proposal

Note: Applicants for the OPTF Physical Therapy Research Grant may not include PT or PTA salary, fringe, overhead, or indirect costs.

Step 1 of 3

Section A - Research Plan

State the purpose of the research describing concisely what the project is intended to accomplish. Include the research questions or hypotheses that will be addressed.
Summarize background information that directly relates to the purpose of the study. Cite previously published work that relates to your study. Indicate how your proposed study is different in design, methods, or subjects from previously published studies. Clearly indicate how the results of your proposed study will contribute to the existing knowledge and the practice of physical therapy, specifically in the state of Oklahoma.
Describe the research design and the procedures to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project. Include: The number, age range, gender, and health status of participants (subjects) that will be studied. Comment on feasibility of obtaining desired number of subjects. Instrumentation and methods of measurement Procedures that will be used. Discuss potential difficulties and limitations of the proposed procedures. Data analysis and how results will be interpreted. Describe how each variable to be studied will be treated in the statistical analysis. Human Subjects. Provide evidence that approval for the proposed study has been granted by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or governing human review board at your facility/setting. If approval has not been received at the time the proposal is submitted, indicate when a response is expected. Study timetable.
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