posted: June 05, 2019
The Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy is requesting proposals from individuals interested in research related to aquatic physical therapy practice. The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to a Physical Therapist, to conduct meritorious research on the effective implementation and utilization of aquatic physical therapy. The project should be clinically based, using appropriate outcomes. Preference will be given to those proposals that have the greatest potential to impact the practice of aquatic physical therapy. The maximum award will be $5,000.
All Physical Therapists are eligible to submit proposals for consideration. Priority will be given to a member of the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy
The research grant will be awarded to a Physical Therapist who will abide by the following:
The research performed in a HydroWorx pool, if possible, and will not be performed in a SwimEx, Hudson, H2O for fitness, Endless, Grimm, or ColdTub product.
Research topic is not a study of: VO2 Max comparisons to Land Treadmill, Osteoarthritis, or Weight loss.
The grant recipient will complete and will provide a written report on the findings to the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy and HydroWorx in the designated one year period. Results may be considered for publication in the Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy. Investigators are encouraged to submit an abstract to present their results at the Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, and are strongly encouraged to present their results at other professional meetings.
Deadline for applications is August 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified by email of the status of their applications within two months of the application deadline.
The research project will be funded for a period of one year. The research will be completed within one year from the date the grant is awarded, however, an extension can be granted upon request with justification.
Proposed Start Date:
January 1. 2020
The proposal should be concise, clear, and include sufficient information to allow scientific review.
Proposals should be 4-5 pages (not including cover page, abstract, or resume). Proposals must be typed in Times New Roman 12 pt., with margins of at least 1” on all sides, and must be no longer than 5 pages. Proposals should address the following areas:
Aims: State a small number of well-reasoned aims/objectives related to a clearly defined conceptual or clinical framework.
Significance: Explain how the project addresses an important problem or issue relative to aquatic physical therapy, and what is innovative about it. Describe ways in which the project/program will advance knowledge or clinical practice related to aquatic physical therapy.
Methods: Describe how the objectives of the proposed project/program will be achieved, and how the relevant objectives will be advanced. Explain the nature of any interventions or clinical services provided. Assessment and outcome measures should be described. Resources (space, equipment) required for the project.
Relevance: Description of how the proposed project is relevant to the practice of aquatic physical therapy.
References: Include list of references. (Please include current resume of the principal investigator.) In addition to a current resume, provide an explanation of the applicant’s motivation to perform this research.
Budget, equipment, personnel and space requested: The maximum budget for the program/project should not exceed $5,000. Describe your budget in general categories (e.g., personnel, equipment, consumables, etc.).
Peer Review Process: Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Committee of the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy. Criteria for evaluation include the following:
Relevance to aquatic physical therapy
Justification and need for the research
Appropriate experimental design to answer the research question
Well-defined criteria for subject selection
Valid and reliable measurements
Potential for completion in a realistic time frame with available resources
Writing that is clear and concise.