$10,000 Research Grant

The 2023 application submission window will open January 1, 2023 and close April 1, 2023.

The purpose of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy’s Research Grant Awards program is to encourage the scientific study of topics consistent with the mission of the Academy. The maximum amount of funding provided by this grant is $10,000. No salary support or indirect costs are available through this funding mechanism. Only Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy members in good standing are eligible to submit an application and at least one Investigator of the proposal must be a member in good standing of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. The selection is made by our Research Grant Review Committee. Depending on the quality of submissions, the $10,000 research grant may be used to support multiple projects.

For Inquiries

Please contact:
Christine A. Cabelka, PT, MA, PhD
Director of Research
Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Grant sponsored by

“The mission at Intimate Rose is to advance pelvic health worldwide. Intimate Rose combines best-in-class pelvic health devices with detailed educational materials for patients and clinicians. Intimate Rose is committed to furthering evidence-based practice by funding the Academy of Pelvic Health’s research grant, thereby expanding clinician knowledge for optimal patient outcomes. ” – Intimate Rose

The $10,000 Research Grant has been generously sponsored by one of the Academy’s top supporters, Intimate Rose.


The timeline is subject to change at the discretion of APTA Pelvic Health.
  • January 1 (Application Year) – Proposal application period opens
  • April 1 (Application Year) – Proposal application period closes. Grant applications are due no later than 11:59pm ET (application year) or unless otherwise extended by APTA Pelvic Health. The application should be received in electronic format via the APTA Pelvic Health Research Grant application available on the website at aptapelvichealth.org/research/academyresearchgrant.
  • April 1-October 15 (Application Year) – Applications are reviewed and scored by the Grant Review Committee
  • October 15 (Application Year)  – Research Grant Review Committee to announce the selected recipient(s).
  • December 15 (Application Year) – Selected recipient(s) must submit a grant memorandum of understanding (MOU) and confirmation of IRB approval to the Director of Research. Grant funds will only be disbursed when IRB confirmation and MOU are received. Distribution of funding may be delayed or distributed to another applicant if IRB approval is not submitted on time. If funding is deferred to another application, the funding end date will remain unchanged). See Section E. IRB Approval
  • January 15 (Funding Year) – Funding year begins unless an extension has been granted.
  • January 31 (Funding Year) – Study completion report is due to the Director of Research
  • January 1 (Post-Award Year) – If the recipient(s) needs to extend the funding period, a no-cost extension request with a progress report must be submitted by this date. See Section F. Extension of Funding Period
  • January 15 (Post-Award Year) – Funding end date unless a no-cost extension has been granted.
  • February 15 (Post-Award Year – If no extension was granted, the recipient(s) must submit a Study Completion Report. See Section H. Study Completion Report
  • April 15 (Post-Award Year) – Progress report is due within 90 days following completion of the project. The progress report must be sent to the Director of Research (research@aptapelvichealth.org) and Executive Director (aika@aptapelvichealth.org).  See Section G. Progress Report
  • October 15 (Post-Award Year) – Recipient(s) must submit a manuscript to the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy (JWHPT) for publication.

Past Grant Recipients


Application Components

  1. Cover letter
  2. Investigator Biosketch(es)
  3. Abstract
  4. Specific Aims
  5. Research Strategy
  6. Protection of Human Subjects
  7. Animal Welfare (if applicable)
  8. Budget
  9. Budget Justification
  10. Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources
  11. Institutional Commitment to Proposal
  12. References

Please use the form below to submit all 12 components of your application.  Please note that if you omit attaching any of the required files, your application will show an error/incomplete message and you will not be able to submit the application. To successfully apply, you must attach all documents per each outlined section in the submission form. If you have any technical difficulties with the form, please contact the Academy office at aika@aptapelvichealth.org.

Templates & Guidelines

  • Application Guidelines (Download)
  • Biosketch template (Download)
  • Budget Table and Budget Justification Template (Download)
  • Facilities, Resources, and Equipment template (Download)

Font and Margins
All sections of the application should include Arial font at 11pt and margins set at 0.5 inches.

AMA format is required for this proposal. All applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of Research with any inquiries about the application, process of review, budget preparation and other concerns. 

Please stay tuned for information about the upcoming year grant application procedures.

Required Submission Format
Our submission form ONLY accepts PDF files. Please note that when you upload your application files, they MUST be in PDF format or the form submission will be unsuccessful. If you are submitting multiple PDFs as part of one section (i.e. Investigator biosketches), you need to first merge the PDFs into a single PDF prior to uploading onto the form.

Grant Application

The grant proposal application submission window for the 2023 Research Grant will open on January 1, 2022 and close on April 1, 2022.