AOTF Intervention Research Grant Program

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) awards Intervention Research Grants as part of its mission to advance the science of occupational therapy to support people's full participation in meaningful life activities.The purpose of this grant program is to lay the necessary groundwork for larger intervention studies and support the profession's Centennial Vision of occupational therapy as science-driven and evidence-based. The Intervention Research Grant program has received major funding from The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the St. Catherine Challenge.  

A listing of Intervention Research Grant recipients is available here including the 2017 awardees.


Mary Ellen Stoykov, PhD, OTR/L, Rush University, a 2014 IRG recipient for her study, Bilateral Priming for Upper Extremity Hemiparesis in Older Adultscreated this video (click on photo) showcasing one of her success stories.




This year, the AOTF Intervention Research Grant (IRG) is targeted to principal investigators who do not currently have substantial extramural research awards as an independent principal investigator (e.g., R01, PCORI, Research Program Project Grant, Veterans Administration Merit Award, Field-Initiated Project). Typically, the principal investigator (PI) will have a funding history associated with early stage, emerging, or early midcareer investigators that may include small research grants and training-related or mentored career awards. The PI must also have a commitment from an experienced research mentor who has an established record of substantial extramural grant funding, peer-reviewed publications and supervision and mentoring of researchers. The PI must be a credentialed occupational therapist (or a non-OT investigator with a primary academic appointment in an occupational therapy department).  See the RFA below for more information.

Contact the AOTF Scientific Programs Officer  (,  if you have any questions. Please note: it may take a few days for a reply.


2016-2017 Intervention Research Grant RFA (updated July 14, 2016)

2016-2017 Intervention Research Grant Award Guidelines (updated July 14, 2016)

2016-2017 Intervention Research Grant is now closed. 

Instructions and blank forms for the Letter of Intent and the Application.

Timeline for 2016-2017 Applications

July 2016

  • July 1 -- RFA and award guidelines are posted on AOTF website. Review the research priorities, objectives, approaches, and eligibility criteria found in the RFA.
  • Review award guidelines.
  • Develop the initial framework for a Letter of Intent and an application.
  • Contact AOTF if you have questions regarding the Intervention Research Grant program.   (Scientific Programs Officer or Helene Ross, communications associate).
  • July 15 -- Online submission site for Letter of Intent opens.

August 2016

  • August 17  -- Letter of Intent deadline 11:59 p.m. CST.

September 2016

  • September 9 -- Invitations to submit an Application are extended to principal investigators who meet eligibility criteria and whose LOI is accepted by AOTF. 
  • September 9 -- Begin Application. 

November 2016

  • November 17 -- Application deadline 11:59 p.m. CST.

February 2017

  • Summary statements and award notifications are sent to applicants.  


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