Funding Research

American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF) 

Please refer to the AHTF website for further information on the first four grants listed below, and direct inquiries and grant proposal submissions to grants@ahtf.org


AHTF Evelyn Mackin Grant for Education by a Traveling Hand Therapist  

The AHTF Evelyn Mackin Grant for Education by a Traveling Hand Therapist Award is designed to 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. This funding opportunity is up to $5,000.


AHTF Burkhalter New Investigator Grant for Clinical Research in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation  

The AHTF Burkhalter New Investigator Grant is for clinical research in hand and upper limb rehabilitation. It was established in honor of Dr. William Burkhalter (1928-1992), a long time advocate and promoter of hand therapy. This funding opportunity is up to $10,000.


AHTF Judy Bell Krotoski “Grab the Evidence” Grant For Fundamental Research and Evidenced-based Studies 

The AHTF Judy Bell Krotoski "Grab the Evidence" Grant was established for basic science and studies to grow the evidence-base that supports hand therapy and upper limb rehabilitationwas established in response to the growing need to fund basic research science and evidence based studies in hand and upper limb rehabilitation. This funding opportunity is up to $10,000.


Janet Albrecht Memorial Scholarship

The Janet Albrecht Memorial Scholarship is a new addition to the AHTF awards in 2019. The award provides funding for professional development to support an occupational therapist or physical therapist interested in pursuing the certification in hand therapy and/or a post-professional advanced degree. This funding opportunity is up to $10,000.


ASHT Founders Grant

The ASHT Founders Grant was developed to promote meaningful research in hand therapy through the funding of one or more grants. This funding opportunity is up to $30,000. More information


American Occupational Therapy Federation (AOTF)  

The Intervention Research Grant Program seeks to lay the necessary groundwork for larger intervention studies and support the profession's Centennial Vision of occumpational therapy as science-driven and evidence-baseed.

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The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)  

The oldest medical specialty society in the United States devoted to continuing medical education and research related to hand surgery has grants from $20,000 to $100,000 but a member of the research team must be a member of the ASSH.

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American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS)  

Annual Research Grants were established to foster creativity and innovation in basic and/or clinical research in all areas pertinent to hand surgery. The awards are funded by the Hand Surgery Endowment and administered by the Association. One (1) grant in the amount of $10,000 will be made for a one (1) year period. All AAHS members and candidates for membership are eligible to apply. Residents and fellows sponsored by an AAHS member are eligible to apply as well. There may be up to three (3) co-investigators, one (1) of the investigators MUST be an Active or Affiliate AAHS member.

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