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The function of the OPTA Research Fund is to promote and support research studies relative to clinical practice, education or administration which will enhance the profession of physical therapy. This is provided through grants for approved activities.


The OPTA Research Committee is pleased to announce the annual call for applications for OPTA's small grant program. Projects with substantial collaboration among clinical and academic researchers will receive priority consideration during the 2017 review process.

Our small grant program typically funds smaller budget projects or partially funds larger projects. The range of requested funds in recent years has been $500 - $2800, with the highest scored projects receiving the amount of funding requested until all available money is awarded.


QUESTIONS? Contact Research Committee Co-Chairs Dawn Westfall or Cathy Bieber Parrott.

2016 Research Grant Award Recipients

The OPTA Research Committee would like to recognize and congratulate the following researcher, along with her respective team of researchers, as the 2016 OPTA Research Grant recipient. This year's winning project was chosen from exceptional applications and will receive funds to support clinical site fees, equipment costs, personnel fees and participant support costs.


PROJECT: "AFOs: Is Appearance, Function & Fit Obsolete"

  • Investigators: Jennifaye V. Brown, PT, PhD, MS, NCS - Ohio University; John Cotton, PhD - Ohio University; William J. Hicks, II, MD - OhioHealth Riverside; W. Neil Little, PhD, PMP, CSMS

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