Program Announcement (Research Training Grant)

The Research Training Grant


The Foundation would like to provide means for novice researchers to connect with more experienced and successful researchers. The Foundation recognizes that clinicians often have innovative, clinically relevant ideas related to MDT but do not have the background necessary to develop and implement the research project to test these ideas.

This mechanism will fund up to $10,000 USD and will foster a year-long mentorship between a novice (such as a clinician with a good idea) and an experienced researcher. The expected outcome is a well-developed research project that could be implemented or submitted for funding. Applications are due September 1st of each year.

The trainee is responsible for identifying a mentor to work with for this project. It is important that the mentoring relationship is compatible and feasible for both parties. The IMDTRF Board suggests that the trainee consider contacting faculty at a nearby university.

Proposals will be subjected to a peer-review process and only the highest quality projects will receive funding.

Funds are for projects to be developed and not for works already in progress. All correspondence will be with the trainee.

During his career, Robin McKenzie was a mentor to both clinicians and patients alike.
Part of Robin’s mission was to conduct research in order to further understand the strengths and limitations of the current treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. The Research Training Grant is the natural progression of his philosophy and legacy.

This grant provides a wonderful opportunity for new researchers, especially, those interested in conducting studies to further explore the use of MDT.

Applicants must, at a minimum, have:

  1. completed Parts A and B as defined by the McKenzie International Institute – verification will be required.
  2. a current healthcare license such as for physiotherapy or medicine.
  3. at least 2 years of clinical practice.
  4. a statement of purpose for the research topic/project.
  5. identified a research mentor willing to participate on this project.

For purposes of this announcement, “novice researcher” is defined as someone who has no history of a published peer-reviewed journal article as 1st, 2nd, or last author and has never received external grant funding as a PI to perform research. Prior peer-reviewed abstracts such as needed for poster or platform presentations are acceptable.

The mentor must have a track record of peer-reviewed publications in a field relevant to the proposed topic. Although not required, the following are recommended in an effort to provide the applicant with a more productive mentorship.

The mentor should have:

  1. a research doctoral degree, such as a PhD or EdD
  2. a history of external grant funding
  3. an academic appointment at an institute of higher education

Project Description
The proposal must include a short description of the research idea and a plan for developing the idea into a grant proposal. Meetings between the trainee and the mentor should be delineated with outcomes identified for each session. A maximum timeline of one year will be allowed as the timetable for completing the proposal. There is no expectation that pilot studies will be performed for this project through this mechanism.

Grant agreement
The trainee will submit the final version of the research proposal and the acknowledgement of submission to an ethics board or granting agency to the IMDTRF Board of Directors within 3 months of completing the proposed project. Failure to submit the required items in a timely manner could result in the trainee returning all or part of the awarded funds.

Portions of the Project Description for awarded projects will be published on our website.

Please see the application form and instructions to complete the requirements for this grant mechanism.

Completed application forms should be electronically submitted prior to 17:00 Greenwich Mean Time on September 1st.


Contact information
Questions can be sent to the Foundation’s email