PFC Awards, Grants & Bursaries
The PFC and CPA's Divisions are proud to support researchers in physiotherapy.
Areas of funding focus:
Research on the effectiveness of physiotherapeutic interventions and approaches
Research on biomedical and psychosocial factors that contribute to long-term disability
The creation and validation of tools needed to objectively measure the effectiveness of physiotherapeutic interventions
These efforts are oriented to the priorities of practicing physiotherapists with particular attention given to new research arising from current clinical issues and projects that may initiate new research endeavours by clinicians and students.
Each grant administered and awarded by PFC must pass a rigorous internal and external review process, and must address relevant subjects as identified within the physiotherapy community. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note we do not accept paper application submissions.
After consulting with former recipients and the awards committee in 2016, the PFC has moved to a biennial awards cycle.
One set of awards will be granted in odd years, and a second set will be granted in even years.
For more program information, please contact email@example.com or 1-800-387-8679 ext. 253.
The following awards are available in 2018. The deadline has passed.
Ontario Physiotherapy Association Kim Wolny Research Grant (OPARG)
The Ontario Physiotherapy Association Kim Wolny Research Grant (OPARG) has been established in memory of Kim Wolny, Past President of OPA and recognizes innovative leadership in the development of the profession in Ontario. This Grant provides support for physiotherapy research projects that focus on new and emerging roles and programs for physiotherapists in the Ontario health system, and investigates potential effects of such roles/program on health outcomes for Ontarians and health system effectiveness. Projects across the continuum of care will be considered though projects with a focus on integrated health care delivery models that address health system challenges and populations including but not limited to the frail elderly, complex medical patients will be given preference.
Physiotherapist Assistant Grant Program
Established in 2015 by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada (PFC) to support a NPAA member(s) to pursue continuing professional development and translate learning in their local community. It also intends to recognize the contribution that NPAA members make to the profession and to CPA. Awards are funded by PFC. The grant is open to any member of NPAA in good standing. Please note that this award is only offered to practicing PTAs, not for students.
Constance Beattie Memorial Fund (CBMF) Bursary Program
This fund was established in 1949 by the CPA in honour of Constance Beattie who died in a plane crash at the age of 24 while serving as a dedicated physiotherapist in Canada’s north. The bursary is administered by the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada. Bursaries are made available to successful applicants for continuing education courses that are relevant to their career goals.
Acupuncture Division Grant for Physiotherapy Research
The CPA Acupuncture Division has established the Acupuncture Division Grant for Physiotherapy Research in order to build awareness of and capacity for research to enhance evidence-based practice. The award is meant to provide seed funding for pilot or feasibility physiotherapy research projects that involve acupuncture. The award is restricted to CPA members in good standing. Physiotherapy clinicians who have a research project for which they are seeking funding are encouraged to team up with an experienced researcher (Principle Investigator) when applying for this Award.
Alun Morgan Memorial Research Grant in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy
This fund was established by the CPA in honour of Alun Morgan, one of the founders of its Orthopaedic Division and a pioneer of manual therapy in Canada. Awards are made in support of physiotherapy research projects that deal with the management of musculoskeletal problems in Canada.
Pain Science Division Grant for Pain Research
Pain is a prevalent and growing disease in all parts of the world. It affects all ages and to date has no known cure. Treatment is aimed at improving patients’ quality of life. To help advance knowledge in this disease the Pain Science Division is offering this grant. The grant will provide seed money for mainly pilot projects awarded to physiotherapists doing research to advance the knowledge of pain. A specific eligibility criterion for this grant is that successful applicants must be a member in good standing of the Pain Science Division of the CPA.
Neurosciences Division Scholarship
The Neurosciences Division (NSD) has established a scholarship to support graduate students pursuing research which advances knowledge and practice in the field of neurosciences. The scholarship is offered to a physiotherapist enrolled in a post-entry level Master’s or PhD program, in a Canadian University, who is conducting research related to neuroscience field as part of the academic requirements for completion of their program. The successful applicant must be a member of the NSD in good standing.
Dependent on funding, the following awards will be offered in 2019.
Ann Collins Whitmore was a dedicated physiotherapist who served her patients in the Canadian Military during the Second World War and continued to practice, though legally blind, through to the end of her career. This award is granted to a physiotherapist enrolled in either a Ph.D. or Masters program, who must also be involved in a research project as part of the academic requirements for completion of their program. Special consideration will be made for blind physiotherapists.
The Cardiorespiratory Division (CRD) has established a scholarship to support graduate students pursuing research which advances knowledge and practice in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. The scholarship is offered to a physiotherapist enrolled in a post-entry level Master’s or PhD program, in a Canadian University, who is conducting research related to cardiorespiratory clinical practice as part of the academic requirements for completion of their program. The successful applicant must be a member of CPA in good standing.
The Indigenous Student Award is an educational grant open to all Canadian Indigenous students (First Nations status or non-status, Inuit, or Métis) enrolled in an accredited Canadian post-secondary physiotherapy program. Eligible programs include accredited diploma programs and graduate degrees of at least two academic years.
Through this award, CPA and PFC hope to help address the significant gaps that exist between the health status of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and that of other Canadians, as well as the unmet rehabilitation and mobility needs in rural, remote and northern communities in Canada.
Funds research grants to: encourage the development of new technology and treatment methods; develop methods for the prevention and early recognition of physical disabilities; evaluate the effectiveness of new and existing treatment methods; and encourage epidemiological studies on the incidence and prevalence of physical disabilities.
The Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy Founders (CAMPT) award will recognize excellence in research promoting the advancement of clinical practice of manual and neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy. Research must fall under one of the following categories Prognosis, Diagnosis, Efficacy, Causation or Knowledge translation.
This fund was established by the family, friends and colleagues of Bodil Elizabeth Schnurr and will provide funding for physiotherapy research projects with special consideration made for projects from Alberta.
The NSD-PFC Award for Physiotherapy Research in the Neurosciences was established in 2006 as a result of a joint effort between the Neurosciences Division (NSD) of the CPA and the PFC. The award, jointly funded by NSD and PFC, is seed funding for mainly pilot or feasibility projects in the neurosciences. The successful applicant must be a member in good standing of the NSD.
The OrthoCanada Research Award in Neck and Back Rehabilitation and Core Stability was established by OrthoCanada to encourage development of treatments related to back and neck rehabilitation and core stability. The award is for seed funding for mainly pilot or feasibility projects.
The WHD-PFC Grant for Research in Women's Health was established as a result of a joint effort between the Women's Health Division (WHD) of the CPA and the PFC. The award of $10000, jointly funded by WHD and PFC, is seed funding for mainly pilot or feasibility projects in this area. The successful applicant must be a member in good standing of the WHD.