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Charitable Trust

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The Charitable Trust is an independent charitable organisation. It supports physiotherapy education and research through annual awards to members.

Established in 1980, the trust's funds come mainly from an annual CSP donation.  Occasional bequests and legacies from members, member groups and external organisations are also given to the fund.

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.

Now recruiting...

The Charitable Trust has a number of vacancies to fill, and is seeking:

  • Five trustees from amongst the CSP membership
  • One lay trustee (please note we are not seeking a physiotherapist for this role)

The appointees will become full, voting members of the CSP Charitable Trust for an initial term of three years and will be eligible for re-appointment by Trustees for a further term of three years.

Charitable Trust meetings are held in central London, normally three times a year. Travel expenses are reimbursed.


If you are interested in becoming a trustee, or would like to provide details of the lay trustee vacancy to a non-member colleague, then please use the links below to access the appropriate recruitment pack.

The deadline for return of completed applications is midday on Monday 5th March 2018.

Please email your completed personal statement, CV and covering letter to Shamina Begum, Charitable Trust and Awards Officer: Please ensure you have specified the role you are applying for.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to interviews, to take place in March. CSP members need to log in to see details of the member trustee pack.

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

Applications are now open for Spring 2018. Deadline is 20 March 2018.

More info

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

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

Applications are now open for Spring 2018. Deadline is 20 March 2018.

More info

Conference and Presentation Awards

UK and overseas conference presentations (excluding WCPT)

One deadline a year in the Autumn. Now closed for applications until 2018.

More info

Open to Qualified members only

Physiotherapy Research Foundation

Scheme A and B

The deadline for submitting outline applications is midday on Friday 9th March 2018.

More info

Charitable Trust

Novice paediatric award up to £25,000

The deadline for submitting outline applications is midday on Friday 9th March 2018.

More info

Action Medical Research/Charitable Trust

Joint awards up to £250,000

Deadline for submitting outline application is 21 November 2017 and deadline for submitting full proposal is March 2018

More info

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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Last reviewed

9 October 2017
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