Research Grants

The COTF research grant review guidelines, research criteria and application forms can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

Isobel Robinson Historical Research Grant ($2,000)

Established in 2004. Awarded every two years to individual, life or student undertaking historical research on some aspect of occupational therapy. Please click on the link below:

check Deadline: February 28, 2018

COTF Innovation Research Grant ($5,000)

Awarded annually to individual or student who has been sponsored by an employer or educational institution to pursue research directly applicable to the practice of client-centred occupational therapy. Please click on the link below:

check Deadline: February 28, 2018

COTF Mental Health Research Grant ($10,000)

Introduced in 2018 to focus on a priority that COTF has consistently funded over the past several years. Please click on the link below:

check Deadline: February 28, 2018

McMaster Legacy Grant to Honour Debra Stewart

This award was launched in 2015 from the McMaster Legacy Fund, which is in honour of retirees from the McMaster University Occupational Therapy program. In 2018, the $2,000 research grant honours Debra Stewart, an occupational therapy faculty member who retired from McMaster University in 2017.

Debra’s substantial and ongoing contribution to the occupational therapy profession spans 40 years of practice. A graduate in 1976 from the University of Toronto, Deb was active in advancing occupational therapy through her exemplary clinical practice with children and families. As the director of occupational therapy at Erinoak Kids Centre for Treatment and Development in Mississauga, she was an early proponent of evidence‐based practice and especially in leading the department through a process to integrate the guidelines for client‐centred practice into the routine practice of the occupational therapists who had the good fortune to learn from her. Beginning within her clinical role, when she co‐developed a peer mentorship program at Erinoak, Deb has led many research initiatives, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, authored a book – Transition to Adulthood and is sought after nationally and internationally as speaker and consultant in this area. Deb was a faculty member for many years at McMaster University, and taught theory, clinical practice and tutorial groups; she was the Assistant Dean of the Occupational Therapy Program from 2004-2009.

In her honour and at her request, the McMaster University Legacy fund this year will be directed to a research project that focuses on the topic of transitions to adulthood for youth with disabilities (all types of conditions), with an occupational therapy perspective.


check Deadline: February 28, 2018
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