OSOT Research Fund 

The OSOT Research Fund (OSOTRF) was created in 1982 to support the development of occupational therapy research in Ontario and to promote the dissemination of knowledge gained through OT research. As a member supported fund, the financial resources of the OSOTRF enable the Society to offer a Research Grants Program to promote OT research that will contribute to evidence-based clinical excellence and effective promotion of OT services within Ontario‚Äôs health care system. 

Support OT Research in Ontario - Make a Donation to the OSOTRF

Support OT research in Ontario - consider a donation to the OSOT Research Fund today. The Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation administers OSOT's Fund where you can make a secure online donation. Select "OSOT Fund" when asked where to direct your donation.

OSOT Research Fund Grant Program

The OSOTRF offers two annual research grants:

Occupational Therapy Research Grant - $2,000

  • An annual grant of up to $2,000 to support original research that will provide an evidence base for clinical and/or practice related issues.
  • Focused on support of OT clinician researchers.
  • Program details and application materials (PDF).
  • Annual deadline for applications May 1, 2023.

Strategic Priorities Research Grant - $10,000

  • An annual grant of up to $10,000 (in 2023) to support clinical research that promotes the positioning and evolution of occupational therapy practice in Ontario and addresses policy and practice priorities identified by the OSOT Board of Directors.
  • Strategic priorities are identified by the Board of Directors each year.
  • Priority will be given to projects that seek to provide evidence of the value of occupational therapy to clients, families/caregivers, and the health care system particularly as this relates to:
    • Innovative Models for Care Transitions
    • Integrated Care Models (e.g., Ontario Health Teams, bundled care)
    • Service Excellence
    • Managing Complex Clients in the Community
    • Positioning Occupational Therapists as Leaders/in Leadership
    • Entrepreneur/Private Practice
    • Providing Services to Equity Deserving Populations
  • Program details and application materials (PDF).
  • Annual deadline for applications May 1, 2023.

OSOTRF Grant Application Procedures

  • OSOT members in good standing who are registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario are eligible to apply.
  • The annual application deadline is May 1st.

OSOT Research Fund Grant Recipients