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Charitable Trust

File 144247The Charitable Trust is an independent charitable organisation which supports the advancement of physiotherapy education and research through annual awards made to members.

Established in 1980, the trust's funds come from an annual CSP donation complemented by occasional bequests and legacies from members, member groups and external organisations.

Currently the trust allocates about £200,000 to members each year. This provides funding for research projects (for both novice and experienced researchers) and support for very many professional development activity applications.

Two independent CSP committees oversee the allocation of awards.

How are trust monies allocated?

Two independent CSP panels oversee the allocation of awards:

Charity Commission

Further details about the Charitable Trust's work and annual reports can be found on the Charity Commission website.

  1. CSP Scientific Panel: annual funding for research projects to novice and experienced researchers, provided through both response mode and commissioned research, and a four-yearly award to support presentations at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy
  2. CSP Educational Awards Panel: annual funding for a range of education and research activities (accredited courses, presentations, study visits, overseas elective placements) to physiotherapy assistants, student members and qualified physios.

Application context

The above panels follow a robust process of application review and approval and panel members are experts in the fields of clinical practice, education and research. Panelists are selected from the CSP membership and appropriate external organisations.

The following strategy and policy documents are available to provide the context in which you are applying. These documents are available for external organisations interested in partnership funding:

Use of animals

The CSP Charitable Trust does not directly fund research with animal involvement. However the CSP Charitable Trust recognises that some of the underpinning theory for physiotherapy practice is based on research that has involved animals. The CSP Charitable Trust therefore supports the Association of Medical Research Charities position statement on animal research.

Please also see the Action Medical Research statement on supporting research in universities.

Awards summary

The table below shows what you can apply for:





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Open to Qualified, Student & Associate members

Academically Accredited Courses Award

Academically Accredited Courses

Two deadlines a year: Spring and Autumn.  The next deadline will be Tuesday 21 March 2017. Applications will be open from 1 February 2017.

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Education and Development Placements Award (incorporating the Joe Jeans award)

Overseas Education & Development projects, physiotherapy research/study visits, UK and overseas elective placements

One deadline a year. The next deadline will be Tuesday 21 March 2017. Applications will be open from 1 February 2017.

More info

Conference and Presentation Awards

UK and overseas conference presentations (excluding WCPT)

One deadline a year. The next deadline will be Thursday 1 September 2017. Applications will be open from 1 July 2017.

More info

Open to Qualified members only

Physiotherapy Research Foundation

Scheme A and B

Deadline for outline applications is Monday 13 March 2017.

More info

Charitable Trust

Novice paediatric award up to £25,000

Deadline for outline applications is Monday 13 March 2017.

More info

Action Medical Research/Charitable Trust

Joint awards up to £250,000

Closed for applications.

Arthritis Research UK/Charitable Trust

Awards in region of £50 - £250,000

Closed for applications.

Robert Williams International Award

Presenting at WCPT 2017

Closed for applications.

More info


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26 January 2017
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