Application and Assessment procedures

The Trustees consider applications at PPEF trustees’ meetings and closing dates will normally be four weeks prior to the meeting.  

Applications must be made using the correct PPEF application forms

Please read Terms and conditions and Guidance notes before applying


January 22nd

March 22nd  – Scheme B application forms to be reviewed.

April 26th –Online interviews for role of a trustee

June 26th AGM – Virtual

September 27th. Scheme A & C application forms to be reviewed.

November 27th

1 electronic copy of the application documentation should be submitted to the trustees” via email to

It is essential that applicants adhere to the various “Guidance Notes” in order for their applications to be considered for funding by the Trustees. These are indicated in red throughout the application forms.

It is essential that applicants clearly state the reasons why funds are needed, and itemise the costs involved.

The Trustees will give priority to:

  • post graduate physiotherapy education and research that benefits the public and / or the patient
  • Physiotherapy-led research
  • Novice researchers
  • Cutting edge / innovative research with sound methodology
  • Those working individually or as part of a small organisation
  • Applicants who have adequate backup and support
  • Applicants undertaking MSc or PhD programmes
  • Applicants who share their work at conferences in the UK or internationally


Applicants are advised that failure to provide adequate detail on the application form may seriously disadvantage or delay their application.

The Decision of the Trustees is final and applicants will be informed of the outcome of the Trustees’ meeting as soon as possible.

The Trustees are a group of 7 Trustees, and look at each application on its merits at the designated Trustee meeting; all final decisions are made by the Trustees as a group. The general criteria are that all applications should match the objectives of the PPEF



  • The applicant must be a physiotherapist and registered in the UK with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in good standing
  • Applicants may submit only one application for each research project. Previously successful applicants seeking funding for a different research project will be considered, provided that PPEF has received evidence of the completion of the previous project
  • Applicants must give evidence of other financial assistance given or applied for in connection with the current proposal and must keep PPEF informed of the outcomes of other applications
  • Grants and awards shall only be used for the purposes agreed by the Trustees
  • Costs of administering grants must be borne by the institution nominated by the grant-holder to handle finance
  • Submission of this Research Funding Application Form does not guarantee that funding will be approved for the project
  • Applicants must be prepared to provide additional information if requested by the Trustees
  • Grants and awards shall only be used for the purposes agreed by the Trustees
  • It is possible that the trustees may set conditions for the granting of PPEF Awards
  • If the research project should be suspended or cancelled for any reason, the applicant must inform the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and will be obliged to return unspent funds already awarded to them
  • Should the project funding allocation be more than the final project costs, the applicant will be required to return the balance of over-allocated funds
  • PPEF require detailed reports on the progress of this project at regular intervals. If the project lasts over a year, 6 monthly progress reports are required. If the monies awarded are in staged payments, the Trustees will require a report before each payment is made
  • Normally no additional funding will be made available beyond the amount applied for in the Research Application Form
  • Funds are not provided for loss of earnings or for computer hardware
  • Funding may be paid in stages according to project milestones on receipt of a progress report
  • The notification of a successful application and the conditions set by PPEF must be formally acknowledged in writing by the lead applicant and the designated Head of Department before funds will be transferred
  • The return of a completed and signed terms and conditions form by the lead applicant and the designated Head of Department before funds will be transferred
  • Recipients of awards are required to disseminate their work through peer-reviewed journals and other publications. They are also asked to prepare a summary of their work in 8 slides for the use of PPEF
  • It is expected that acknowledgment of the funding from PPEF will be stated explicitly in all publications and presentations
  • Applicants are asked to agree to PPEF holding personal data in line with the current GDPR regulations
  • When writing applications in a very technical way avoid lots of acronyms as without full clarity acronyms make the content difficult to read

Grants and awards are awarded in the following categories:

Scheme A: RESEARCH AWARDS up to £30,000
Closing Date: 5th August 2024

  • for full projects, pilot projects or to pump-prime projects
  • to new and novice researchers for full or pilot projects on any topic relevant to physiotherapy

Download Application form below

Scheme A -application form

Scheme A- Terms and conditions and Guidance notes


Applications CLOSED

  • Self-funding speakers or poster presentations attending a conference
  • Individual scholarship activity

Download Application form

Scheme B application form

Scheme B guidance notes

Scheme C: A PROGRAMME OF INNOVATION – up to £30,000

  • An idea, service or product, new to the NHS which significantly improves the quality of health and care wherever it is applied
  • The Introduction of something new and valuable

Closing Date: 5th August 2024


Scheme C -application form

Scheme C guidance notes