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CCRF is a world leader in musculoskeletal (MSK) research, bringing together resources and funding to improve MSK health and related areas of wellbeing.

CCRF invests in scientifically sound projects with local, national and global impact. Grants may be obtained one of three ways:

Request for Proposal (RFP): Twice a year qualified applicants are invited to submit proposals for individual project grants.

Request for Tender (RFT): At regular intervals CCRF invites eligible research teams to submit proposals to complete a specific research project or projects. A proposal, or proposals, are selected to receive a grant to fulfill the terms of the tender.

Seed Funding: CCRF acts as a catalyst to increase the volume of MSK-related evidence-based research by providing one-time grants of up to $10,000 to support to high-quality submissions prepared by its formal partners (organizations who have signed a Collaboration Agreement with CCRF) for grantors outside the chiropractic profession. Contact CCRF for more information

3 Ways to Apply

Our lean, straightforward process minimizes bureaucracy to attract dynamic projects from established and emerging researchers.

Eligible research teams are invited to submit proposals to answer research questions critical to advancing MSK health.

Individual grant pledges of up to $10,000 may be offered for high-quality partner-driven proposals to funders outside chiropractic.

CCRF’s National Research Priorities

Based on formal local and national consultations, CCRF is committed to funding projects supporting four national priorities: Basic Science, Clinical Science, Health Systems and Population Health.

The descriptive questions for each priority have been vetted by the chiropractic research community.

  • Basic Science
    What are the physiologic mechanisms contributing to the clinical manifestation and therapeutic responses to interventions commonly used by chiropractors in the management of chronic and acute musculoskeletal pain
  • Clinical Science
    What are the effects of interventions commonly used by chiropractors on clinical outcomes in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction?
  • Health Systems
    Does the inclusion of chiropractors in an interdisciplinary healthcare setting to address musculoskeletal conditions improve healthcare resource management and patient outcomes?
  • Population Health
    What impact does the inclusion of chiropractors, or the interventions commonly used by chiropractors, have on the musculoskeletal health outcomes of specific sub-groups of the population, such as the elderly and children/adolescents?
CCRF's Research Committee

The CCRF’s five-member Research Committee (RC) oversees the CCRF Request for Proposal (“RFP”) process and makes recommendations for funding to the CCRF board.  Each member of this committee is an experienced clinician with background in research and professional publication. Please meet CCRF’s current Research Committee:

  • Dr. Richard McIlmoyle, DC, Chair
  • Dr. Shawn Thistle, DC, CCA Representative
  • Dr. Aaron Puhl, DC
  • Dr. Patrick Welsh, DC, 

Details on the Research Committee can be found here.

Standard Terms & Conditions – Key Aspects


  • Entire award is paid within 90 days of receipt by CCRF (“Funder”) of executed RFD letter (“RFD”) by grant recipient
  • Award is paid to Recipient’s institutional business office (“IBO”), or similar designated entity, for retention on Project’s behalf. Through Recipient’s IBO, award expenditure details are recorded, controlled and authorized.
  • Recipient will immediately inform and seek CCRF’s approval of material changes to Project’s methodology, schedule and/or primary investigators. If Project is significantly delayed, becomes unfeasible or does not progress for other reasons (e.g., investigator illness or departure), Recipient, and/or a representative of the Recipient’s institution, will contact Funder to discuss administration of remaining award, which may include the return of unused monies to Funder.


In coordination with CCRF staff, grant recipients are required provide updates, interviews, photos and other materials to support outreach and awareness.

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