IOPTP Funding of Research Projects
A fully completed application form (in English and signed by the main
applicant and administrative responsible person of institute) and a CV
from the applicant should be received by the IOPTP by March 15th of
each year. Application forms should be submitted as a PDF file and
sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The amount of funding may
vary each year but typically are about $5000 . In 2024, the IOPTP
will be funding 2 grants at $7000 each.
ADDITIONALLY, a letter from the President/Chair of the applicant’s
IOPTP member organization must be submitted stating that the
applicant is a member.
You will receive a confirmation of receipt. If not received within 6
working days after submission of the application, please send a
reminder to the above mentioned e-mail address.
The VISION of the IOPTP is to empower physical therapists with an
interest in paediatrics to provide effective PT services for children
throughout the world. Additionally, the IOPTP is dedicated to the goal
of improving the quality and delivery of services to children and their
families. One of the ways that the IOPTP accomplishes this goal is by
providing support to physical therapists during their development of
research careers pursuing scientifically based and clinically relevant
research that investigates what is necessary in the content and delivery
of care to increase the clinical effectiveness and functional outcomes
of physical therapist practice in paediatrics.
As an organization of physical therapists in paediatrics, the IOPTP
supports only those intervention studies in which the interventions are
directed by physical therapists although other individuals may
participate in some aspects of the interventions.
The total amount of funding may vary from year to year (depending on
available resources). Guidelines for distribution of funds and criteria for
selecting recipients are established by IOPTP Executive Committee
and implemented by the Committee on Research (COR) of the IOPTP
( or a Scientific Review Committee(SRC) appointed by the IOPTP
Executive Committee). The COR or the SRC will review applications
and make recommendations to the IOPTP Executive Committee.
The intent of the IOPTP is to fund the most relevant projects taking
into account the qualifications of the applicants to ensure that the
paediatric physical therapy profession benefits from the commitment,
scholarship, and academic or clinical practice of these individuals.
Priority will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria:
Have demonstrated potential for a career as an academic researcher and/or educator in an accredited physical therapy education program, or a leader in clinical practice.
Preference will be given to those whose research is directly related to the Strategic Plan of the IOPTP.
At the time of application, the applicant must:
Be a member of an IOPTP member organization
Have met requirements for physical therapy practice in their IOPTP member country
Must demonstrate commitment to further the physical therapy profession through research , teaching, or practice
The IOPTP expects that the highest ethical standards and compliance
with public laws and regulations will be adhered to by all recipients
when undertaking any type of research supported by IOPTP funds. It
is expected that recipients will:
Be intellectually honest in proposing, performing, and reporting research
Be accurate in representing contribution in research proposals and reports
Be fair in peer reviews
Be collegial in scientific interactions, including communications and sharing of resources
Be transparent in conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest
Ensure the protection of human subjects in the conduct of research in accordance with the World Health Organization - Ethical Standards and Procedures for Research with Human Beings.
Adhere to the mutual responsibilities between investigators and their research teams.
Criteria for evaluation of IOPTP application
Recommendation for funding will be based on the comprehensiveness
of the application and the qualifications of the applicant with regard to
potential for research, teaching, or practice in physical therapy.
Selection will be based on the following criteria.
Is the applicant’s professional record of high quality? A summary of the
applicant’s professional background, future goals, publications and
presentations will be considered. Does the applicant demonstrate a
commitment to research, teaching or practice in the area of pediatrics
in physical therapy? Are the research qualifications(including successful
completion of funded research) and track record appropriate for the
area of pediatrics? Are the research interests of the applicant and the
Objectives and Plan of Study
Does the applicant outline appropriate objectives of the study? Does
the proposed plan of study state how the applicant’s objectives
address the vision of the IOPTP? Does the applicant describe the
potential significance and feasibility of the research plan?