Burkhalter New Investigator Grant

Burkhalter New Investigator Award for Clinical Research in Hand & Upper Limb Rehabilitation



American Hand Therapy Foundation


Up to $15,000 for 2024


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


In 1993, the AHTF established a grant in honor of Dr. William Burkhalter (1928-1992), a long-time advocate and promoter of hand therapy. The purpose of the award is to support scientific clinical research in the field of hand and upper limb rehabilitation.

Types of Studies

Experimental, non-experimental, pilot studies, quasi-experimental, measurement, or qualitative studies designed to advance the clinical practice of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation in categories identified by the AHTF research priorities will be considered.


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. Preference is given to applicants who are novice occupational or physical therapist investigators. AHTF board members are not eligible.

Authors are encouraged to submit research projects that address the AHTF research priorities published in the Journal of Hand Therapy (Reference: MacDermid JC, Fess EE, Bell-Krotoski J, et al. A research agenda for hand therapy. J Hand Ther. Jan-Mar 2002; 15(1):3-15. 


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 grants@ahtf.org, attention of April Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT.

Have Questions?

For inquiries, contact April Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT at grants@ahtf.org.


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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