Research and Funding Opportunities

CAOT supports the dissemination of research activities and funding opportunities that advance the practice of occupational therapy in Canada. Researchers have the opportunity to post surveys and calls for recruitment on this Research Listing.  To request consideration for posting, please complete the electronic form or contact Tracy Jolliffe for specific questions about this opportunity at or at 1-800-434-2268 ext. 241.

CAOT encourages its members to be active participants in building the body of evidence supporting the profession of occupational therapy.

DisclaimerCAOT’s acceptance to post a research opportunity is not an endorsement of the research project. The posted opportunities have not been subject to a methodological quality review by CAOT. For concerns related to a specific posting, please contact the principal investigator designated in the invitation letter. 

PLEASE NOTE:  There is no fee for this service.


WHO QualityRights E-Consultation - Good Practices of Community-Based Mental Health Services
WHO has invited WFOT to participate in a survey on mental health good practice for a document that will present information on community-based mental health services that promote human rights and the recovery approach. This is a significant opportunity to showcase occupational therapy mental health practice in our country at a global level.

Take the survey in Spanish / Toma la encuesta

Take the survey in Portuguese / Pegue a pesquisa

(April 2 - June 30, 2019)

Take the survey

Funding Opportunities

COTF Awards, Research Grants and Scholarships

COTF Awards Program

Dates to remember:
February 28 – Research Grants
October 1 – Scholarships

For more information

DISTINCT (Dementia: Intersectorial Strategy for Training and Innovation Network for Current Technology) is currently recruiting for 15 full time PhD opportunities that include a competitive salary in locations in the European Union (EU).

Both EU and NON-EU applicants are welcomed and occupational therapists are encouraged to apply. Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria can submit separate applications to the different host institutions. Please refer to the detailed guidance, terms and conditions on the website before applying

Deadline for applications vary between May and June 2019. Interviews will be held in London, United Kingdom on the 1 & 2 July 2019.

For more information

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) recently launched a new Innovation Challenge focused on improving access to mental health and addictions services and home and community care.

The Priority Health Innovation Challenge is focused on identifying and growing promising innovations in two shared health priorities – improving access to mental health and addictions services, and home and community care. Join teams that share this passion and work together to reach more people. Up to $400,000 in awards will recognize measurable impact and reward success in moving the dial on one or more of 12 common indicators and increasing the number of patients reached.


Are you ready? Applying for CFHI’s Priority Health Innovation Challenge is as easy as 1-2-3 and can be done in less than 30 minutes. Don’t believe us? Check out our short demo video that walks through each step (or for the full version click here).


*Need more time to register? This Challenge features rolling enrollment, meaning your team can register at any time to start taking advantage of award opportunities up to the October 2020 end date.


More details are available in the official terms and frequently asked questions for the Challenge. Still have questions? Reach out to or call 506-232-5847 at any time.

Copyright 2016 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
powered by in1touch
100-34 Colonnade Road
Ottawa, ON K2E 7J6 Canada