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Clinical Practice Research Institute



Clinical Practice Research Institute participants

The purpose of the Clinical Practice Research Institute (CPRI) is to accelerate the generation of research to support evidence-based practice in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). CPRI was designed to facilitate research focused on epidemiology, prevention, assessment, intervention, outcomes measurement, implementation, and knowledge translation in CSD. CPRI also welcomes experienced researchers ready to propose multi-site clinical trials. Clinical practice research specifically addresses issues concerned with methods and approaches used in service delivery and their outcomes and is distinct from research aimed primarily at understanding the mechanisms underlying normal processing or disorders. Accelerating the generation of clinical practice research is essential to addressing the discipline's critical need for an expanded and strengthened evidence base to inform federal and state regulatory policies and administrative decisions about funding services for those with communication disorders and to advance clinical practice.


Attendance is limited to approximately 10 participants and is designed to provide support to individuals who

  • have a PhD;
  • have applied for federal research funding (e.g., a research grant such as an R03 or R01, fellowship, or career-development award), not including loan repayment awards, scholarships, personnel preparation grant, or small business innovation research grants (e.g., SBIR);
  • are in a position to advance or shift their programs of research to focus on topics relevant to surveillance, prevention, identification, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, outcomes measurement, quality improvement, and/or service delivery, through single-subject experimental designs as well as large clinical trials.

Applicants can apply either individually or as a group. Applicants who apply individually will be paired with program mentors who will assist them in preparing a grant proposal. CPRI also supports small groups of researchers in their planning and preparation of grants to conduct multi-site clinical investigations. Applicants who have identified a specific collaborator (or collaborators) apply as a group and work with each other to prepare a grant proposal. There is no registration fee. Funds are provided for participant travel, lodging, and meals (up to a specified allowance).

Researchers who have not yet applied for federal research funding might be eligible for ASHA's Pathways or Lessons for Success programs.


Participants (and collaborators, if applicable) join Institute faculty at the ASHA National Office (NO) and focus on the principles, methods, and funding mechanisms available to support clinical practice research. A significant amount of time is spent in smaller groups devoted to developing the grant applications of the Institute participants.

Following the conference, participants work remotely with their CPRI mentors or collaborators to complete sections of the grant application on schedule.

See last year's agenda.

How to Attend

The application period opens in September and closes in December.

Applicants must complete an online application form, upload several PDF documents, and submit the entire package by the established deadline. See the application requirements for complete details.

If you have any questions, please contact ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education unit at

Past Participants

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