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.



The role of occupational therapists working in solitary confinement

Researchers are recruiting occupational therapists who have worked in forensic solitary confinement / seclusion in the past five years. Why? We want to know what you do, enablers and challenges encountered, your clinical reasoning, and coping strategies. What’s involved? An anonymous international online survey that will take about 20 minutes.

(July 1 - August 31, 2020)

Take the survey

Investigating the Needs, Perspectives & Self-Efficacy of Occupational Therapists in Work & Industry

Are you an OT doing FCEs, ergonomic assessments, or another worker/employer service? Your opinion matters! Share ideas, needs, and gaps via our anonymous survey to inform an agenda that will advance this area of practice.

(June 19 - July 15, 2020) 

Take the survey

Transition , Tensions and Transformation: Occupational Therapists Experiences working with Indigenous Communities, Programs and Organizations
You are invited to participate in a research study aimed at garnering gain an in-depth understanding of the lived experiences of occupational therapists who work with Indigenous Communities or Indigenous led services in Canada. The study will include two video interviews 45-60 minutes each.

(June 8 - July 20, 2020)

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Physical rehabilitation of central facial palsy: therapist perspectives and opinions
This research aims to collate information from clinical specialists regarding current practice and identify factors that impact on provision of physical rehabilitation for central facial palsy.

(June 2 - August 31, 2020)

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Spinal Cord Injury, Urogenital Health and Pregnancy Project (SCI-UP)

Interested in helping with a spinal cord injury (SCI) research study? As OTs, you can help by sharing the following survey with your female SCI clients. The survey collects information on the experiences of women with SCI regarding bladder, bowel, sexual health and pregnancy to address the lack of knowledge about reproductive and urogenital health in this population.

(June 2 - August 2, 2020)

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Evaluating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health care workforce

We are conducting a research study to determine how the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted health care workers across the globe. In many countries, health care workers are being impacted by the pandemic in terms of their work and personal responsibilities, which may differ depending on a person’s identity, roles, and relationships. We wish to explore this impact and hopefully identify areas where we can learn from this experience and better inform pandemic health care workforce planning in the future.

(May 13 - July 13, 2020)

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Funding Opportunities

COTF Awards, Research Grants and Scholarships

COTF Awards Program

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

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.

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