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. 

CAOT Initiatives


Survey of Canadian Occupational Therapists Regarding Military, Veteran and Family Health

You are being invited to participate in a study that explores how occupational therapists in Canada understand and prepare to address the unique health issues of military personnel, Veterans, and their families.

Participation involves the completion of an online survey which will take approximately 15 minutes. Please note that participation in this study is completely voluntary and you have the right to decline or withdraw participation at any time for any reason without consequence. You can decline participation by disregarding this post and you can stop participation by quitting the survey if you have already begun.  

If you wish to participate in the study please click on the "take this survey" button to the right of this posting. Please carefully read the informed consent information before starting the survey. You are providing consent to participate by clicking the “next” button at the bottom of the “Informed Consent and Study Information” page and proceeding through the survey. 

Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the principal investigator, Dr. Heidi Cramm, via telephone at 613-533-6094 or via email at

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A special issue in Occupational Therapy Now about economic evidence will be published in July 2018

We would like to encourage you to reflect upon this important subject by asking you to respond to a very brief 10-minute survey, the findings of which will be included in an editorial piece for the special issue.

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Mindfulness-Based Techniques (MBTs)
This study will attempt to answer the research question: “What is the current profile of practice for registered occupational therapists using mindfulness-based techniques in Canada?” by using a nationwide online survey and interviewing self-selected participants.
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Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network Pilot Grants: 2018 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

We are pleased to launch the call for the second annual Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network Pilot Grants Program. Please see attached application form.

In this call, up to $50,000 in total will be awarded to up to 5 grants valued at up to $10,000 each. The attached guidelines are applicable to all proposals. Additionally, partner contributions enable the following.
  • Up to 1 grant may be awarded to a proposal where one of the PIs is a Network member from Quebec.
  • Up to 1 grant may be awarded to a proposal aimed at improving MSK rehab practices to improve mobility of children.
Application submission and deadlines: Please send your completed application form in a single PDF file to The deadline for 2018 submission is: March 16, 2018 at midnight Eastern Standard Time.

Please note that a second round of competition for 2018 Pilot Grants will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Canadian Bone & Joint Conference held in London, Ontario May 11-12, 2018. The conference is a major initiative of the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network featuring renowned international speakers, a full day dedicated to trainee development, and valuable collaboration and networking opportunities. The draft conference agenda has been attached. Stay tuned for more information on the conference and Network travel awards over the coming weeks.
Twitter: @MSKrehabnet

Strategies Implemented by Canadian Occupational Therapists to Engage First Nations Clients in Therapy

The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather information from Canadian occupational therapists working with Aboriginal clients about the strategies you are putting in place to engage your clients in therapy. To participate you must 1) be a member of a professional association of occupational therapy; 2) have at least 1 year of occupational therapy work experience with First Nations clients in Canada. The First Nation population is defined here as Indigenous, Inuit or Métis living on reserve or not. Please note that participation in this study is voluntary, confidential and anonymous. You can withdraw by ignoring this invitation. You can also leave at any time during the completion of the questionnaire. In addition, be aware that by participating in the online survey, you consent to your responses being used as part of a Master’s integration project. **Please note that this questionnaire is an English translation of the French questionnaire**

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