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. 

PLEASE NOTE:  There is no fee for this service.


Research Objectives and Common Data Elements for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy. An AOSpine Knowledge Forum Spinal Cord Injury Project
Do you treatment Cervical Myelopathy? AO Spine and the University of Cambridge, UK need your views to help shape international guidelines that will inform what and how clinical research is conducted.
(July 1-September 1, 2019)

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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
MapIt is a mobile app which automates the taking of measurements.
In less than 5 minutes, MapIt can produce a 3D map of a room including its measurements. The app uses a depth measuring camera from an ASUS smart phone.
Watch the scanning process:
What potential uses do you think MapIt would have within your practice as an occupational therapist?  Please take the survey and select all possible uses.
(June 11-July 29, 2019)

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The potential impact of technology in improving the efficiencies of occupational therapy home visiting services.
Current literature found that technology has created solutions for communication, collecting and monitoring data, diagnosis and treatment, and managing electronic health records. However, there is limited literature covering the use of technology for home visiting services specific to the occupational therapy (OT) discipline. There is also a lack of research focusing on how technology can be used to improve the implementation of OT assessments, interventions and work processes in home visiting. Therefore, this study aims to provide an opportunity to identify how and what kind of technology can be used before, during and after home visits to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the process.
(June 7 - July 29, 2019)

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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

DISTINCT (Dementia: Intersectorial Strategy for Training and Innovation Network for Current Technology) is currently recruiting for 15 full time PhD opportunities that include a competitive salary in locations in the European Union (EU).

Both EU and NON-EU applicants are welcomed and occupational therapists are encouraged to apply. Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria can submit separate applications to the different host institutions. Please refer to the detailed guidance, terms and conditions on the website before applying

Deadline for applications vary between May and June 2019. Interviews will be held in London, United Kingdom on the 1 & 2 July 2019.

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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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