"Excellence can be obtained if you:
...care more than others think is wise;
...risk more than others think is safe;
...dream more than others think is practical;
...expect more than others think is possible."
While seeking funding opportunities for telepractice research, I came across three main sites that offer grants. I am sure there are more out there, but in the mean time, I have shared the links to grant funding opportunities below.
The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) has a Position Paper on Telepractice that includes the statement: "Members shall base telepractice on best evidence and encourage ongoing research in this field." To help this happen:
"The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists will provide clinical research grants to CASLPA members to conduct research or engage in activities that increase research capacity. The grants are intended to support an increase in the clinical evidence base in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology in Canada. Two grants of $2500 each will be awarded in 2009."
Link to the Position Statement: http://www.caslpa.ca/PDF/position%20papers/telepractice.pdf
Link to the grant application: http://www.caslpa.ca/PDF/clincial_research_grant_application_form_CASLPA.pdf
Likewise, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has posted an article in the ASHA Leader On-line, which reads:
"Research requires financial support. The telepractice project at Utah State University is presently being funded through grants from state and local sources. Minot State University was funded over a period of two years through congressional allocations. Funding for research also may be available through different federal agencies supporting telepractice projects such as the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth ( http://www.hrsa.gov/telehealth/ ). At the local level, funding may be available through statewide initiatives. Also, telehealth networks are becoming more commonplace, and researchers often can develop partnerships with the service providers using these networks. One resource is the Association of Telehealth Service Providers ( www.atsp.org/ )."
Link to the article: http://www.asha.org/about/publications/leader-online/archives/2002/q2/f020611_2b.htm
Another helpful link to grant opportunities is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) site. Follow the link for valuable information about telehealth as well as how to access funds to do related research.
Research leads to informed choices and better outcomes. Let's help telepractice move forward with excellence!
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Marnee Brick, MSc
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Speech Therapy
TinyEYE Therapy Services (Speech Therapy Telepractice)
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