Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section Human Performance Endowment Fund


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.

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.

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Section 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.



Student Grants are focused on Doctor of Physical Therapy students completing their capstone or terminal research experience. PhD, EdD, and DSc students can also apply to student grants; however, it is encouraged to apply for the Regular Grants category.

Resource Grants are focused on graduate physical therapists who need some minor research-related support (e.g. minor piece of equipment, statistical support, etc.) to move their research agenda.

Regular Grants are focused on licensed physical therapist who would like to advance their research career. This includes physical therapists working on their thesis or dissertation for their PhD, EdD, or DSc.

Students submitting as primary investigators, either in the Student or Regular Grants, must submit an NIH-biosketch of mentor(s) that will be assisting the student on the project.

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

Recipient Responsibilities:

Grant recipients are required to complete the following items:

  1. Grant recipient must have IRB approval by January 1, 2020 in order to receive the grant.
  2. A progress report must be submitted to the Research Chair every six months after the grant was awarded
  3. Upon completion of the study, a manuscript must be submitted for publication to Physical Therapy Journal or the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal.
  4. If there is any necessary adjustments to the timeline to complete the project or the budget the primary investigator is required to submit changes for approval to the Research Chair

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.

 The Research Chair and or a designee from the committee will serve as a second juror if there is any questions regarding the scoring of the grant, as in the case of a tie or in any other circumstances that the Chair deems necessary to correctly award the grant. During this process, the Chair would notify and obtain approval from the Section President and or Executive Board.


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

The submission deadline is October 15 no later than 11:59 pm EST. 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. IRB approval must be obtained by January 1 in order to receive the grant. This is very important in order to complete the work within 12 months.

Application Process:
The following should be submitted electronically as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file:
  1. Research proposal (not to exceed 5 pages). The committee will not score material after the 5th page
  2. Abbreviated curriculum vitae/resume(s) (not to exceed 2 pages per investigator)
  3. Proposed budget
  4. Project timeline for completion
  5. Biosketches of mentors

All files should be named PI’s last name and file content and date of grant, example:
Wells_CL Research Proposal 2020.pdf

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 (not included in page count)
  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 need to be submitted electronically to Chair of the Research Committee of the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section: Please title email CVP Grant 2020
Chris L. Wells, PhD, PT, CCS, ATC
[email protected]
410-807-5130 (cell)
410-389-8987 (pager)