ENspire is a seed money grant program designed to support therapy graduate students who want to elevate evidence-based therapy practice in post-acute rehabilitation and dignify long term care in the eyes of the world. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate student in an occupational, physical or speech therapy program and the aspect of the project funded by ENspire must be completed within 12 months of receiving the award.

Recipient of ENspire grant money will have their project described on this website. Recipients must acknowledge support of ENspire in all presentations and publications.

Budget requests cannot exceed $250.00 (two hundred fifty dollars). Items on the budget must show relationship to design of the study or the program to be implemented.

Application (below) must be completed prior to each quarterly deadline.

Q1 – March 20
Q2 – June 20
Q3 – September 20
Q4 – December 20

Applicants cannot have previously received an ENspire seed money grant.

$250 will be awarded to one student each quarter. ENspire funds will be disbursed to the selected student within one month of application deadline.

Equipment, consultation fees, printing, postage, communications, and supplies
Salaries, expenses directly related to personal academic thesis, capstone editing or typing, travel to conferences, and professional membership dues
  • • Significance and purpose of the Project/Program: • Questions or hypothesis for research project / or identification of need for program implementation • Delineate recruitment procedures for project/program participants and inclusion criteria • Describe data analysis or outcome measures
  • No more than 200 words • Realistically describe goals and objectives of the project/program and their relationship to the research hypothesis or program need • Clearly state the purpose of the project/program, and the questions that will be answered or issues addressed (no more than 3)
  • No more than 250 words • Summarize the relevant literature • Present previous or preliminary studies that support the need for the project/program • Identify gaps in knowledge or in practice, that this project/program will address • Review of the literature should support hypotheses and/or project questions or issues • Indicate how proposed project/program contributes to the field of therapy
  • No more than 250 words • Describe the strategies and action steps to implement a pilot of the project/program • Indicate timelines for completion of the action steps and project/program objectives • Indicate methodology to measure outcomes
  • No more than 200 words • Include project/program manager’s(s’) time commitment, any collaborators’ time commitment, justification of time available to do the project/program, institutional support and time schedule to accomplish the objectives.
  • Include item(s), dollar amount requested, why item is relevant to the project, and how amount was determined.
  • Names of faculty advisors, if applicable
  • Short biographical statement for Principal Contact - no more than 250 words
  • Short biographical statement for each collaborator - no more than 250 words