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.

check Deadline: February 28, 2020 (offered even year only)

COTF Innovation Research Grant ($5,000)

Awarded 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 to apply.

check Deadline: February 28, 2019

COTF Mental Health Research Grant ($10,000)

Introduced in 2018 to focus on a research priority that COTF has identified for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Please click on the link to apply.

check Deadline: February 28, 2019

McMaster Legacy Grant to Honour Bonny Jung

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 2019, the $2,000 research grant honours Dr. Bonny Jung, an occupational therapy faculty member who retired from McMaster University in December 2017.


Bonny made substantial and ongoing contributions to the occupational therapy profession for many years. A graduate in 1979 from the University of Toronto, Bonny worked clinically at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and Hamilton Wentworth Home care program. In 1989, she became the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Mohawk College Occupational Therapy program, and she transitioned to McMaster University with the program. Bonny completed graduate studies at Brock University (MEd in 1991) and the University of Western Ontario (PhD, 2011). She taught in the McMaster Occupational Therapy Program until her retirement from a permanent teaching faculty position, teaching myriad students, coordinating clinical placements, and collaborating with many colleagues and students in educaitonal research. From 2010 -2016, she was also the Director: Program for Faculty of Health Sciences, Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER). Bonny conducted research in clinical education, inclusive education, and interprofessional education.
In her honour and at her request, the McMaster University Legacy fund this year will be directed to a research project that focuses on any topic in the area of educational research in occupational therapy. 
check Deadline: February 28, 2019
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