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Foundation for Physical Therapy

The mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy is to fund and publicize research that determines the scientific basis and value of services intended to optimize physical functioning by physical therapists, and to develop the next generation of researchers.

Over the last 37 years, the Foundation has provided more than $17 million in funding to launch and fund the careers of over 583 physical therapist researchers. New data has shown that Foundation supported researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $755 million in funding from a variety of sources including the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapist researchers, clinicians and academicians began their careers with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded 399 scholarships, 21 fellowships, and 457 grants.

More than 9,000 research papers and articles contributing to evidence-based practice have been published in professional journals by the alumni of the Foundation.

Apply for Foundation Funding

The Foundation for Physical Therapy offers a number of funding opportunities to support physical therapist researchers.


Florence P. Kendall Post-Professional Doctoral Scholarship

Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I Scholarship

Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) II Scholarship

*Successful PODS I and PODS II candidates may receive up to three PODS I and two PODS II awards totaling $52,500.


New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative (NIFTI)

New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative—Health Services Research (NIFTI-HSR)


Research Grants

Get Involved — Visit our website to learn more about how you can support physical therapy research through the various options listed below:


The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

All contributions to the Foundation can be made online, by phone, or mailed in. 

Contact Information

Foundation for Physical Therapy
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 800-875-1378
Fax: 703-706-8587



Our Vision:

The Foundation for Physical Therapy changes the face of health care by providing a society that thrives on mobility with the innovative research needed to optimize physical functioning.

What’s New:

Foundation for Physical Therapy Establishes New Mildred L. Wood Endowment Fund — Read the press release.

Foundation for Physical Therapy Announces New Bella May Scholarship Fund — Read the press release.

2015 Foundation for Physical Therapy Annual Report — Read more.

2015-2016 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge Raises $354,320 for Foundation for Physical Therapy— Read the press release.

Foundation Announces 2016 Recipients of Postprofessional Doctoral Scholarships and Fellowship Totaling $250,500 — Read the press release.

Center of Excellence in Health Services/Health Policy Research

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Board of Trustees awarded the $2.5 million grant to Brown University to establish the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) over the next 5 years. CoHSTAR will train physical therapist scientists in order to dramatically increase and improve physical therapy health services research capacity, continuing to help make the practice an integral part of today’s health care discussion and mainstream medicine. 

Learn more about the Foundation’s COE grant.