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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 2019 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.


  • Grant applications will open May 1, 2019 and close August 1, 2019.
  • View the 2019 Grant Application + Review Form for submission details and instructions.

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2018 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 2018 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: "Assessment of a 10-week exercise program wearing unstable over-the-shoe device versus foam surface among people with Parkinson's disease"

  • Principal Investigator: Lucinda Bouillon, PT, PhD


PROJECT: "The Impact of Psychosocial Factors on Adolescents with Anterior Knee Pain"

  • Principal Investigator:  Mitchell Selhorst, PT, DPT

PROJECT: "Impact of Inpatient Physical Therapy Intervention on Adults with Cystic Fibrosis"

  • Principal Investigator:  Alysha Walter, PT, DPT

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