On behalf of the SOWH Board of Directors, I’m ecstatic to announce that the SOWH will be partnering with the Foundation for Physical Therapy to offer a $40,000 Research Grant beginning in 2019! The research grant will be offered every other year and will be administered by the Foundation.
As many of you know, in 2011 SOWH leadership established the SOWH Endowment for Excellence in Research through the Foundation. The intent of these funds was to support post-professional students pursuing advanced doctoral training (ie PhD, DSc) consistent with the mission and vision of SOWH, and these scholarships were to be offered every other year beginning in 2015. Unfortunately, the Foundation did not receive any doctoral applications meeting these criteria and the funds have gone unused.
Recognizing that the intent of establishing the endowment was to support research, your SOWH Board worked closely with Foundation staff to investigate other funding mechanisms. We decided that a $40K grant offered every other year aligned with the SOWH strategic plan of developing and implementing a rigorous research strategy. We believe that partnering with the Foundation, the only non-profit organization in the United States devoted to funding and publicizing physical therapy research, will bring enhanced visibilty to the SOWH endowment and expand the pool of grant applicants conducting research in this area. Having the Foundation administer the grant will also eliminate SOWH staff and volunteer burden for the peer review process, disbursement of funds, and tracking grant progress. All of these tasks will be performed by Foundation staff.
All eligible grant proposals will be reviewed by the Foundation’s standing Scientific Review Committee (SRC), in addition to one SOWH member who meets the SRC eligibility criteria; this individual will be appointed by the SOWH Board and will serve as a content expert reviewer on the SRC for this particular grant.
A Final Note
Don’t worry, our SOWH $10K grant is not going anywhere! We will continue to offer this grant annually and investigative teams consisting of at least one SOWH member are eligible to apply. This year’s deadline is April 1, 2018 at 11:59P.
When Will Applications Be Accepted for the $40 K Grant?
February 2019 | Stay tuned for the application link announcement!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
Meryl Alappattu, PT, DPT, PhD
Director of Research
Section on Women’s Health-APTA