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 Julie Lapointe for specific questions about this opportunity at or at 1-800-434-2268 ext. 260.

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.



UBC - Faculty of Medicine, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therpay

Are you a recent occupational therapy graduate?  We want to hear about your understanding and application of the concept of occupation AND what informed this understanding.  
You are eligible if...
- You graduated from an entry-level occupational therapy master's degree program
- Are from the class of 2017, 2018 or 2019
- Are English-speaking

Participation includes an approx. 45 minute long interview either face to face, by phone, or online video conferencing.  Additionally, you may be asked to participate in a short follow up discussion with the researchers.

Research Team:  Primary Investigator:  Katie Lee Bunting, Co-Investigators:  Susan Forwell, Erina Cho, Michelle Osenga
(Jan 14 - Mar 14, 2020)

For more information
Investigating Chronic Pain and Falls
Do you have #chronicpain and had a fall in the past year? A research team at Queen’s University wants to learn more, please follow the link to complete a one-time survey:
(Nov 27, 2019 - Jan 27, 2020)

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
WorkSafeBC research grant competition

Do you have an idea that could help improve workplace health and safety?

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2020 Innovation at Work research grant competition. These grants support small-scale research projects that lead to the development of practical solutions to address workplace health and safety issues.

Award details:
  • Awards are generally up to $50,000 for one year
  • Multiple awards available each year
  • No specific education or training required
  • Projects should align with our research priorities.

Any Canadian resident may apply for this competition. There are no specific education or training requirements needed. We welcome applications from individuals with non-academic backgrounds. Academics may also apply but they require a non-academic team member, who takes an active role.

Important dates:
Applications open: November 22, 2019
Letter of Intent: December 20, 2019 (optional)
Applications close: February 14, 2020

Please share this information with your Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists members. Is there a website or newsletter this can be posted in?

We can help!
We encourage applicants to reach out to us with any questions or assistance in completing the application form. You may contact us at 604-244-6300 or

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