Section Grants

  • Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section Human Performance Endowment Fund
  • Research Grant

  • Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section Human Performance Endowment Fund

    Posted 8/15/06:


    We are pleased to announce the creation of the “Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section Human Performance Endowment Fund” with the Foundation for Physical Therapy. This endowment wil provide funding for scholarships and research grants to investigate physical therapy management of patients with, or at risk for, cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders, as well as to investigate physical therapy’s role in prevention, fitness and health promotion.

    The first scholarship to be funded will be the Scot C Irwin, PT, DPT, CCS, Doctoral Scholarship, and may be awarded as either a PODS I or PODS II level DOCS scholarship. Dr.Irwin was a founding member of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section – APTA, Inc. and its first president as well as one of the first board certified specialists in this practice area. He died unexpectedly in August 2005.

    Foundation for Physical Therapy
    Donations to this fund may be made through this link

    You may identify the donation as “In Memory of Scot Irwin, P.T., D.P.T., C.C.S.” or specify the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section Human Performance Endowment Fund.

    Thank you in advance for your generous support of this fundraising effort!

    Dianne V. Jewell, P.T., Ph.D., C.C.S., F.A.A.C.V.P.R.

    Research Grant


    Originally created in 1995, the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section - APTA, Inc. Research Grant is designed to stimulate well-defined research studies that are related to cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. The grant is supported through Section fund raising activities as well as through donations by individuals or Section business partners.

    Minimum Guaranteed Funding:

    Grant will be $5,000 every year.


    There are two eligibility requirements for the Section research grant:

    1) the investigator must be a member in good standing of the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section at the time of application and receipt of the grant; and,
    2) the proposed study must be related to cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy.

    Graduate student members may apply and use the funding to defray the costs associated with thesis or dissertation research. The funding also may be used to assist with travel to present research findings.

    The funding also may be used to assist with travel and conference registration fees at a future CSM conference to present the funded work but not to exceed 10% of the grant award.

    This grant does not allow the include of any indirect cost.

    Recipient Responsibilities:

    Grant recipients are required to complete the following items:

    1) A progress report must be submitted to the Research Chair every six months after the grant was awarded.
    2) Upon completion of the study, a manuscript/report must be submitted for publication to Physical Therapy or the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal.

    Failure to fulfill these requirements will cause the applicant to be ineligible for future funding from the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section.

    Selection Committee:

    Members of the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section Research Committee will review applications and select a grant recipient based on the criteria outlined below.

    Selection Criteria:

    Evaluators rate each proposal on the following criteria:

    1. Relevance, significance and potential contribution to physical therapy;
    2. Appropriateness of research design and methodology;
    3. If the project provides good value for the money (e.g. generates pilot data which will be used in a larger grant proposal);
    4. Training and experience of investigators in relation to proposed research;
    5. Logic, organization and clarity of the proposal.
    The score given to a proposal is an average of the ratings from all evaluators.


    A call for proposals will be issued via email and posted on the Section website in August every year a grant is offered. This is typically on odd years.

    The submission deadline is October 15 every other year (odd years). Late submissions will be returned to the applicant without review.

    The recipient will be notified by the Chair of the Research Committee no later than December 1. Funds will be released to the recipient on January 1 and after IRB approval has been verified.

    Application Process:
    The following should be submitted electronically as a Word or Adobe Acrobat file:
    1. research proposal (not to exceed 5 pages),
    2. abbreviated curriculum vitae/resume (not to exceed 2 pages)
    3. proposed budget
    4. Project timeline for completion

    The research proposal should be formatted with 1 inch margins, font size no smaller than 11 point, and include:

    1. a title page including investigators' names, and contact information for primary investigator,
    2. specific aims,
    3. summary of relevant literature,
    4. proposed methodology including design, description of subjects, instrumentation, procedures
    5. proposed analysis.

    All of the application materials will be submitted electronically to Chair of the Research Committee of the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section:
    Chris L. Wells, PhD, PT, CCS, ATC
    410-389-8987 (pager) **
    410-706-6663 (office)
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