Tri-Alliance Grant Honoring ASHT Founders


American Hand Therapy Foundation, American Society of Hand Therapists, Hand Therapy Certification Commission.


Up to $45,000 for 2024


The application window is open from January 1 through March 1. Anticipate formal announcement of awards by August.


To promote meaningful research in hand therapy through the funding of one or more grants awarded annually.

Types of Studies

Grant proposals are accepted for research within any domain of hand therapy. The AHTF has the responsibility of verifying the appropriateness of the proposed research.

Randomized or experimental study designs, including quantitative, mixed methods, or qualitative designs that aim to advance the clinical practice of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. Ideally, applications should target categories of research identified as part of the current AHTF research priorities. 

Recipients will be required to share their findings at an ASHT annual meeting. A scientific abstract should be submitted to ASHT within one year of study completion. Recipients will also be required to submit their completed research to a peer-reviewed journal for publication within one year following the completion of the project.


Occupational or physical therapist: clinicians, graduate students, or faculty at accredited occupational/physical therapy programs are eligible for this award. At least one member of the research team must be a member of ASHT with his or her role in the proposed research clearly defined and significant to the project.

Submission Instructions

Download the grant application and review grant requirements as posted on the website. Completed applications, in PDF format, must be submitted via email to, attention of April Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT.

Have Questions?

For inquiries, contact April Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT at


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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