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 new Canadian model: preferred knowledge translation strategies

The objectives of this project are to determine what occupational therapists want to know about the new Canadian model being released in 2022 and how they want to gain this knowledge. Recruitment for this research will be open until the end of December of 2020. We will be conveying interviews as we receive participants. 

Sample of questions:
What model(s) do you use in your practice? 
How do these models influence your practice? 
What things helped you apply the models?

Contact's person's name:  Catherine Bourdeau 

(October 29th, 2020 to December 28th, 2020)

The Quebec Low Back Pain Study (QLBPS): A platform for the continuous enrolment and longitudinal epidemiological evaluation of individuals with LBP.

Do you suffer from low back pain since less than 3 months? We are looking for adult participants that suffer from recent low back pain. Our study involves completing periodic online questionnaires to understand the transition from acute to chronic low back pain. Register now on Possible compensation!

(October 1 - November 29, 2020)

Take the survey

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

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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