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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 2018 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.


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2017 Research Grant Award Recipients

The OPTA Research Committee would like to recognize and congratulate the following researchers, along with their respective team of researchers, as the 2017 OPTA Research Grant recipients. This year's winning projects were chosen from exceptional applications and will receive funds to support clinical site fees, equipment costs, personnel fees and participant support costs.



PROJECT: "A 10 Year Multidisciplinary Follow-Up Study of Knowledge and Practice Behaviors Used for the Female Athlete Triad."

  • Investigators: Katie Pantano, PT, PhD., Patrick Moran, SPT, ATC


PROJECT: "Posture and Movement Training for Persons with Non-Arthritic Hip Disease."

  • Investigators:  Lindsey Brown, PT, DPT, Stephanie Di Staci, PT, PhD, Marci Harris-Hayes, PT, DPT

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