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. We do not accept paper application submissions.
The PFC has moved to a biennial awards cycle.
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The following awards were offered in 2019. Award recipients were announced in October.
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.
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 PhD 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.
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.
The Neurosciences Division Scholarship supports 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 Neurosciences Division in good standing.
The NSD-PFC Grant Award for Physiotherapy Research in 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 the 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. This award is jointly funded by WHD and PFC and provides seed funding for mainly pilot or feasibility projects in this area. The successful applicant must be a member in good standing of the WHD.