The 2017 ISPO Australia Research Grant (for funding in 2018) is now open.

The ISPO Australia Research Grant is aimed at improving quality of life of individuals with neuromuscular or musculoskeletal pathologies who might benefit from prostheses or orthoses. Applications in 2017 should be aimed at contributing new evidence of the benefits of provision of prostheses and orthoses to individuals with neuromuscular or musculoskeletal pathologies treated in Australia.

Information on the 2017 ISPO Australia Research Grant is available for download here:

PDF – 2017_ISPO_RGS_Information_for_applicants

DOC – 2017_ISPO_RGS_Application_form

PDF – 2017_ISPO_RGS_Application_form


Submissions will close 5:00 pm (AEST) on Friday 14th July, 2017.

For ideas and inspiration to put together your application, look below through the previous recipients, projects and outcomes.


Mr. Mohammad Mosayed Ullah and Mr. S. M. Abul Bashar were joint recipients of the 2015 Research Grant for their project exploring the environmental and psychosocial factors that are important to enable the work participation of people with spinal cord injury and lower limb amputation in Bangladesh. Read about their research here.


Ms. Heather Batten (Princess Alexander Hospital and University of Queensland) was awarded the 2013 Research Grant. Her research is exploring walking speed as an indicator of prosthetic walking potential following lower limb amputation. Heather’s work was presented at the World Congress of Physical Therapy in Singapore in May 2015 and the World ISPO Congress in Lyon in June 2015. The abstracts of these presentations are published as follows:


Mr. Ben Patritti was the recipient of the 2011 ISPO Research Grant and his work explores the training effect of functional electrical stimulation on locomotor function and motor fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis. The work has been published in December 2015 in the journal of Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.

  • Barr CJ, Patritti BL, Bowes R, Crotty M, McLoughlin JV. (2016) Orthotic and therapeutic effect of functional electrical stimulation on fatigue induced gait patterns in people with multiple sclerosis, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2015.1136702


Ms. Caroline Roffman (Physiotherapist, Amputee Rehabilitation Service, Royal Perth Hospital, Shenton Park) was awarded the 2009 ISPO Australia Research Grant. Caroline’s work aims to develop and validate a tool to predict functional outcomes for persons with lower limb amputation. This work resulted in the following publications:

  • Roffman CE, Buchanan J, Allison GT. “Predictors of non-use of prostheses by people with lower limb amputation after discharge from rehabilitation: development and validation of clinical prediction rules” published in the Journal of Physiotherapy 2014 Oct 23;60(4):224-231.
  • Roffman CE, Buchanan J, Allison GT. Locomotor performance during rehabilitation of people with lower limb amputation and prosthetic nonuse 12 months after discharge. Physical Therapy (available online December 4, 2015) 


Ms. Priya Davis was the recipient of the inaugural ISPO Australia Research Grant in 2007. The grant allowed Priya and her colleagues to pursue an investigation looking at the effect of gait and energy expenditure in persons using stance­ control knee­ ankle­ foot orthoses (KAFO). This work was published in ISPO’s international peer­ reviewed journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International and showed that while the stance­ control orthoses improved walking velocity compared to a KAFO with locked knee, no significant differences in energy expenditure were observed between the two conditions.