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.


Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives of Canadian Occupational Therapists
As a response to the call from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, we are inviting Canadian occupational therapists to tell us about their perspectives on sustainability in their work and personal lives through a cross-sectional online survey.
(March 6 - May 6, 2019)

Take the survey
Knowledge, Comfort, Approaches, Attitudes and Practices of Rehabilitation Professionals in Addressing Sexuality in Stroke Survivors
Most stroke survivors will never be asked or offered information about sexuality during rehabilitation despite most wanting health professionals to discuss it. Discussing sexuality with your clients can be challenging so researchers are seeking your assistance to help us to understand these challenges. Your input may guide future training!
(March 1 - April 24, 2019)

Take the survey
Perceived Feasibility of Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) for Stroke Recovery as Determined by Occupational Therapists
Many nations are faced with continued rising healthcare costs and insufficient outcomes associated with stroke recovery. Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) has demonstrated favorable outcomes within stroke research, and we are looking to explore the feasibility of the approach as determined by clinicians. We seek the opinions of all occupational therapists who treat clients who have experienced stroke, regardless of their familiarity with the CO-OP approach.
(March 1- April 1, 2019)

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A nation-wide environmental scan of human agents training opportunities
This study is the first nation-wide environmental scan aiming to describe existing training programs for HAs in Canada, and explore the adequacy of these programs to meet required competencies and skills of future HAs. Results from this study are expected to help develop more efficient training programs for HAs.  This study is being conducted by McGill University. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Dina Gaid, PhD student at: or Dr. André Bussières PhD at: 
(Feb 14 - April 14, 2019)

Take the survey
What Are Everyday Ethical Issues for Canadian Occupational Therapists?
Are you an OT in Canada? We want to learn about the ethical issues you and other OTs experience! Check out our anonymous online survey, it will take about 10-30 minutes of your time depending on the detail of your responses, and is open to anyone who has worked as an OT in Canada.
(Feb 7 - Mar 31, 2019)

Take the survey
FACT Team Implementation In Canada
Flexible Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) is a flexible, recovery-oriented model of care for individuals with complex mental health and/or addiction needs. The purpose of this study is to examine how FACT (or FACT-like teams such as ACT or intensive case management/ multidisciplinary) teams are being implemented within Canada and to explore the specific role of Occupational Therapists as part of these teams.
(Jan 30 - March 20, 2019)

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Determining the Knowledge Gaps of Occupational Therapists in Indigenous Health
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada published a document that summarizes the findings of the commission in relation to the historic relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Government of Canada. In response to the findings, the TRC presented calls to action with the purpose of engaging Canadians in the process of reconciliation. At present, a need exists for the occupational therapy profession in Canada to respond to the calls to action to engage in reconciliation. In conjunction with the Occupational Therapy and Aboriginal Health Network, we developed a national needs survey to determine the knowledge gaps of occupational therapists in relation to Indigenous health with the intent of identifying steps to address the gaps and to inform the response of the profession to the TRC.
(Jan 15 - Apr 6, 2019)

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Medically at-risk drivers: The road to developing evidence-based fitness to drive guidelines 
University of Saskatchewan is leading a 6-year study aimed at determining the most effective way for assessing medically at-risk drivers. Presently, there are no standardized methods for assessing fitness to drive as there are no batteries of tools/tests that can be used to predict safe driving. To address this issue, data from occupational therapists who conduct comprehensive driving evaluations will be collected in three provinces: Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.
(Dec 6 - Apr 30, 2019)

Contact the study
Horses in Occupational Therapy: Client and Therapist Perspectives
The goal of this study is to better understand how occupational therapists and clients experience horses in therapy. Occupational therapists incorporate horses in rehabilitation with diverse populations across the lifespan. This is done in many ways, such as by supporting horseback riding, grooming the horse, managing the stable, and animal companionship. Unfortunately, there is very little research on the use of horses in occupational therapy. We are seeking occupational therapists who use horses in their practice to share their experiences in a 1 – 1.5 hour interview that can take place in-person or via video call. Interviews will be scheduled from March 1 to May 1, 2019. We are happy to provide you with any additional information that you may need to help you decide if you would like to participate in this study.
(March 1 to May 1, 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

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