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.



Provider Perspectives on Remote Spasticity Assessment

Are you a clinician involved in the assessment and management of spasticity? If yes, we are interested in your input on the creation of a virtual spasticity assessment process in a study informing this important area of care: Provider perspectives on remote spasticity assessment. You are invited to complete a short 5-8 minute online survey linked here: Participants will also have the opportunity of participating in a subsequent optional virtual focus group.

(October 1 - December 1, 2020)

Take the survey

Mindfulness in Paediatric Rehabilitation: An Inquiry into Practices with Children and Youth in the Canadian Context
You are invited to participate in a study conducted at Western University to understand the ways paediatric occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech-language pathologists currently integrate mindfulness into their professional practices. The study aims to understand perceptions, current practices, and lived experiences of practitioners with regards to mindfulness in paediatric practice.

(September 4 - October 30, 2020)

Take the survey

The University of Saskatchewan is working on a study to determine health care providers and stakeholder’s satisfaction and comfort level with patients who have been directly discharged home from the ICU or transferred out of the ICU. The survey is confidential and anonymous. The results of this survey may be presented in peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations. 

(July 23 - October 31, 2020)

Take the survey

We are conducting a survey to find out how healthcare professionals set goals with stroke survivors with aphasia and the training and support they have received.
Your participation will help us to improve the rehabilitation experiences of stroke survivors with aphasia and the support available to healthcare professionals in future. We would very much appreciate your help!

You can take part if you are: 

a healthcare professional (e.g. occupational therapist, physiotherapist, speech and language therapist, social worker, psychologist, dietician, rehabilitation/healthcare/therapy assistant) 

providing rehabilitation to stroke survivors in any setting 

setting goals with stroke survivors 

based in Canada, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia 

The survey is ethically approved, takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and closes on 13th October.

(August 13 - October 13, 2020)

Take the survey

The optimal care for older people with frailty who are non-weight bearing after a lower limb fracture
This study is about finding consensus (agreement) the best care for a group of older people with leg fractures who are required not to put weight on their affected leg until it has healed enough to do so – usually 4-6 weeks. We will subsequently use the findings of this consensus study, alongside our review of existing literature on the topic, to produce a clinical guideline which can then be used to improve the quality of care and in research. Patients & their representatives and health care professionals will be asked to indicate if they agree or disagree with a series of statements about the management of these patients (or add free text comments) presented to them in an on-line survey. They will be asked to complete this on three occasions or rounds each taking up to 20-30 minutes.

(August 20 - September 30, 2020)

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Exploring a Telerehabilitation Approach to Active Rehabilitation for Youth with Concussion

Researchers from the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto are currently recruiting youth with concussion to participate in a study exploring the use of telerehabilitation for concussion management. Participants must be 13-18 years old, diagnosed with concussion and continuing to experience symptoms at least 2 weeks post-injury.

(July 29 - September 30, 2020)

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BC Guidelines External Review Invitation - Falls: Prevention, Risk Assessment and Management
Invitation to Occupational Therapists to Participate: The Falls: Prevention, Risk Assessment and Management for Community-Dwelling Older Adults guideline is open for External Review until September 16th, 2020. Please visit the BC Guidelines External Review Page to download the draft Falls Prevention guideline and submit feedback via our online questionnaire.

(July 30 - September 16, 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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