The Clinical Practice Research Institute (CPRI) supports the planning and preparation of a U.S. federal research grant proposal that focuses on clinical practice research in CSD. CPRI welcomes researchers who are new to clinical practice research as well as experienced clinical researchers who are ready to scale up their clinical investigations.
Through the program, ASHA works with accepted applicants to provide two forms of support:
The goal of participation in CPRI is to complete and submit a U.S. federal research grant proposal within 12 months of the initial grant planning meeting.
CPRI is part of ASHA's Academic & Research Mentoring (ARM) Network. The ARM Network offers programs for those who are considering, launching, and advancing academic-research careers in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). ASHA measures the impact of these programs by collecting participant outcomes data.
Clinical practice research specifically addresses issues concerned with methods and approaches used in service delivery and their outcomes. It is distinct from research aimed primarily at understanding the mechanisms underlying normal processing or disorders. Specifically, clinical practice research includes areas such as epidemiology, prevention, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, outcomes measurement, knowledge translation, and implementation science.
Clinical practice research is needed to support evidence-based practice in CSD. The discipline has a critical need for an expanded and strengthened evidence base to (a) inform federal and state regulatory policies and administrative decisions about funding services for those with communication disorders and (b) advance clinical practice. The purpose of CPRI is to accelerate the generation of this needed research.
ASHA's Strategic Objectives recognize the pressing need to advance both implementation science and interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice (IPE/IPP) in CSD. CPRI applications that focus on one or both of these areas are particularly encouraged.
The applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:
To be eligible, the research grant submitted with the CPRI application must focus on a topic relevant to epidemiology, prevention, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, outcomes measurement, knowledge translation, and/or implementation science through single-subject experimental designs as well as large clinical trials.
Awardees must be ASHA members prior to CPRI fund distribution.
Researchers who have not yet secured extramural research funding or have not yet applied for federal research funding might be eligible for ASHA's Pathways or Lessons for Success programs.
View past participants of CPRI.
Each awardee must complete the following tasks:
To apply, access the online application system during the application period, which opens in April. Complete the online form, upload the following materials, and submit the entire application package by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Thursday, June 1, 2023
An individual PI or co-PIs can apply. If applying as co-PIs, apply jointly by submitting all materials in one application. Designate one PI who will complete a single application.
The following information will be requested in the online application form:
Additionally, applicants will need to upload the following application materials. Page limits do not include references. Pages should be 12-point font and single-spaced with one-inch margins. All application materials should be uploaded as PDFs.
Applicants will be notified in July.
For additional information, or questions, please contact ASHA's Academic Affairs & Research Education team at email@example.com.