Grants & Awards

Supporting researchers to expand the scientific evidence for hand therapy.

Funding by the American Hand Therapy Foundation fulfills the mission of the AHTF by supporting researchers to expand the scientific evidence for hand therapy, in order to enhance the quality of upper extremity and hand rehabilitation and optimize patient outcomes.

The educational focus is to provide grants to researchers at various points in their careers, to support clinicians in their quest for excellence either clinically, or as researchers, and to support educators to teach hand therapy to under-served practice regions.

 

The American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF) has the following grants/awards available:

Burkhalter New Investigator Grant

For clinical research in hand and upper limb rehabilitation for a researcher who lacks research experience and has received minimal to no funding

Funding up to $15,000

Application window: Jan 1 – Mar 1

Judy Bell-Krotoski Grab the Evidence Grant

For basic science & studies to grow the evidence-base that supports hand therapy & upper limb rehabilitation.

Funding up to $25,000

Application window: Jan 1 – Mar 1

Tri-Alliance Grant Honoring ASHT Founders

Seeks to promote meaningful research in hand therapy through the funding of one or more grants.

Funding up to $45,000

Application window: Jan 1 – Mar 1

Doris Ann Slack Upper Extremity Education and Research Innovation Fund

The American Hand Therapy Foundation is thrilled to announce the establishment of the Doris Ann Slack Upper Extremity Education and Research Innovation Fund. The purpose of this fund is to encourage and support clinical innovations and education in the field of upper extremity rehabilitation, in perpetuity.

Janet Albrecht Memorial Scholarship

A new addition to the American Hand Therapy Foundation awards in 2019. The award provides funding for professional development to support an Occupational Therapist (OT) or Physical Therapist (PT) interested in pursuing a certification in hand therapy and/or a post-professional advanced degree.

Funding up to $1,000

Application window: May 1 – July 1

Evelyn Mackin Travel Grant for Education and Research

In 2004, the American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF) established a grant in recognition of Evelyn J. Mackin, PT. The goal was to increase the global visibility and quality of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation through education, research, and communication.

Purpose: Fund travel expenses for an occupational or physical therapist with advanced skills to conduct clinical education and/or clinical research activities.

Funding up to $10,000

Application window: May 1 – July 1

Ida M. Stern Research Education Scholarship

The Ida M. Stern Research Education Scholarship was created due to a generous donation from Ida M. Stern. The grant intends to promote research education in the field of hand rehabilitation and, secondarily, to expand evidence-guided hand therapy services.

Funding up to $500

Application window: May 1 – July 1

All AHTF administered grants are contingent upon receipt of qualified applications. Acceptance is through a peer-review process. For grant inquiries, please contact April Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT at grants@ahtf.org.

GRANTS

Supporting novice or experienced researchers who are able to expand the scientific evidence, visibility, and quality of upper extremity and hand rehabilitation.

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