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.



Identifying Current Driver Rehabilitation Practices For Clients with Physical Impairments

There are currently no driver rehabilitation guidelines for the optimal amount of training when adaptive driving equipment is prescribed. This survey aims to identify common intervention practices and factors that influence driver rehabilitation recommendations that driver rehabilitation specialists use when working with clients needing adaptive driving equipment.
(Nov 4, 2019 - Jan 4, 2020)

Take the survey

Advancing the unique role of occupational therapists in the delivery of psychotherapy in Canada: A national study
All Canadian OTs who provide mental health services are invited to participate in a national research study to explore the unique perspectives and practice patterns of OTs regarding psychotherapy and counselling (e.g., mindfulness, cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing). Your voice is important! All participants can enter a draw for a $100 Amazon gift certificate. Click here to proceed to the survey (approx. 15 minutes).
(Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2019)

Take the survey
Working towards health equity in occupational therapy
You are invited to participate in a study conducted at Dalhousie University to describe the ways Canadian occupational therapists integrate health equity approaches into their everyday practice and what might enhance that work. The study aims at understanding the perceptions, current practices, and priorities of practitioners with regards to equity-oriented approaches.
(Oct 1 - Dec 1, 2019)

Online study
Informing the Development of a Workshop to Increase Competency in Treating Individuals with Sexual Interest in Children
You are invited to participate in an online study to understand mental health professionals’ attitudes toward individuals with sexual interests in children; the study aims to gather information regarding what mental health professionals would want to see in a potential workshop that would increase competency to treat individuals with sexual interests in children.
(Sept 16 - Nov 16, 2019)

Online study
Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Seeking Parents Across Canada.  Funded by the Kids Brain Health Network, BNBD-NDD is an evidence-based, transdiagnostic online program for parents with children ages 4-10 years old with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) that experience insomnia.  Interested families can enter the online study database to begin eligibility assessment.
(Aug 30 - Oct 31, 2019)

Begin Eligibility Assessment
We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join us in the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) at the University of Regina.
Led by Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton, CIPSRT relies upon the best contemporary research evidence to help current and former public safety personnel, their leaders, and their families to maintain and improve their mental health and well-being. The postdoctoral researcher will be involved with planning, developing, and conducting analytical studies using survey, census data, administrative data, linked data, or micro-simulation models to support this mission.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to
Competition Number(s): 20190577

Post Doctorate info

Funding Opportunities

COTF Awards, Research Grants and Scholarships

COTF Awards Program

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

For more information

Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Planning and Dissemination Grants - ICS

CIHR's mandate is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system through a unique interdisciplinary structure made up of virtual Institutes and Initiatives. The Institutes and Initiatives are networks of researchers and stakeholders brought together to focus on important health problems, with each Institute/Initiative dedicated to a specific area of focus, linking and supporting researchers pursuing common goals.

One of the mechanisms for the Institutes/Initiatives to achieve their mandates is by offering planning and/or dissemination grants within the Institute Community Support (ICS) Program. The Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR Institutes, or Initiatives.

Events/activities may focus on, but are not limited to, the following:

•Activities that assist potential teams of researchers, knowledge-users and/or partners in working together to identify research questions or emerging issues and priorities that could form the basis of a grant application
•Stakeholder consultations, including citizen engagement activities regarding needs, gaps and opportunities in the health research landscape, priority policy issues and/or priority research questions, where such common understanding is currently lacking or requires further development
•Initial planning and discussion of a research project among potential team members, including researchers, knowledge-users and/or partners to assess the viability of the research project and the partnership
•Conducting an environmental scan or preliminary synthesis of relevant literature, activities or programs
•Early-stage planning to determine possible commercial viability of a discovery
•Opportunities for knowledge exchange involving stakeholder linkages to inform practice, care, and/or policy that could potentially lead to an application to a funding opportunity
•Gatherings of partners, health researchers, and/or knowledge-users where the main objective is to facilitate regional/national and/or international collaboration among individuals or groups from a variety of backgrounds (ex., building new and existing multi-sectored partnerships that include a significant number of participants from outside the conventional scientific community, consensus meetings, networking and partnership development events) interested in applying to a funding opportunity

•Education of groups, such as patients, health professionals, community organizations, policy makers, and the general public
•Knowledge dissemination that will inform practice, clinical care, partnership best practices, policy and decision making
•Dissemination and/or discussion of research findings at scientific meetings, workshops, conferences, congresses or symposia
•Development and dissemination of knowledge translation products and tools (e.g., written materials in various formats, plain language summaries, decision support tools, educational materials, and web sites)

CIHR encourages the inclusion and advancement of underrepresented groups in science as one of the means to enhance excellence in research, training and knowledge translation.

Note: This funding opportunity is not intended to support the direct cost of research (e.g., pilot projects, feasibility studies or operating grants), principal and co-investigator salaries or research equipment. Primary research or primary data collection will not be supported through this funding opportunity. Any activity that may be perceived as such should be justified (e.g., surveying individuals for the purpose of the project).

Research Areas

Each of the participating Institutes/Initiatives has tailored this funding opportunity to meet the needs of their respective communities. Please see the Sponsor Description section of this funding opportunity for details on relevant research areas specific to each participating Institute/Initiative.

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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.

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