Linda Crane Research Grant



Dr. Linda Crane was a dedicated member of the profession of physical therapy since 1970. In 1985, she became one of the first three American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) board certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialists (CCS). Dr. Crane served as President of the APTA Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section and is credited for helping to create a significant part of the section’s history. In 1992, Dr. Crane was awarded the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award for distinguished service to the profession. Dr. Crane was also an educator and taught at several entry-level education programs for physical therapists including the University of Miami. Dr. Crane died on March 24, 1999, after a lengthy battle with metastatic breast cancer. To honor Dr. Linda Crane’s service to the physical therapy profession the FPTA Linda Crane Research Grant, has been awarded once each year, since 2000.


Primary goals of the FPTA Linda Crane Grant are to support a FPTA member who is the Principal Investigator of a research study which will promote scientifically based and clinically relevant research related to the effectiveness of Physical Therapist practice and develop & promote research activities and research infrastructure, in Florida.

The Principal Investigator must be a member in good standing in the FPTA and have been a member in good standing of the APTA for the past 3 years.

Only Principal Investigators who have not previously been awarded the Linda Crane Research Grant are eligible to apply. Past award recipients are encouraged to mentor colleagues and may participate in studies as Co-investigators.

Topic Area

A research or clinical outcome study in any area of physical therapist practice that specifically relates to the APTA Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.

Submission & Deadline

A completed proposal must be submitted electronically to Michelle Higdon at Deadline is July 1 of each year.

Recipient's Obligation

The recipient of this award:

  1. Will acknowledge FPTA support on all publications and presentations derived from this study.
  2. Present the findings of this study at the FPTA Annual Conference and Assembly of Representatives within 2 years of receiving the award.
  3. Provide a yearly progress report to the FPTA Research Committee by the anniversary date of the grant if the proposed work continues for more than 1 year.
  4. The Recipient is also asked to be present for the announcement of the award at the FPTA Annual Conference and Assembly of Representatives, September 24-27, 2020.

Rose Pignataro

Rose Pignataro was awarded the FPTA Linda Crane Research Grant in 2013 and again in 2015. In this video, she describes her research project and encourages others to apply.

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