Grants

Supporting researchers to expand the scientific evidence for hand therapy.

Funding by the American Hand Therapy 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 $10,000

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 $10,000

Application window: Jan 1 – Mar 1

ASHT Founders Award

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

Funding up to $30,000

Application window: Jan 1 – Mar 1

Evelyn Mackin Traveling Hand Therapist Award

Fund a practicing occupational or physical therapist, who is a current member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and a Certified Hand Therapist to travel to an area (US or abroad) that lacks training and access to hand therapy to present on a specific domain of hand therapy.

Funding up to $5,000

Application window: May 1 – June 1

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 – June 1

Mary Kasch Hand Therapy Certification Scholarship

In recognition of Mary C. Kasch, FAOTA, OTR, CHT. This award is to assist a well-deserving occupational therapist or physical therapist to receive a financial scholarship to facilitate in the process of becoming a certified hand therapist.

Funding up to $1,500

Application window: Jan 1 – Mar 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.
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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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Donations

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