OT & Social Justice: BLACKkKLANSMAN   Join AOTF for a special screening of the movie and a dialogue featuring Ron Stallworth, the inspiration for the movie, as we examine the role of OT in addressing social justice issues.

2019-20 Online Scholarship applications are now OPEN:  https://aotf.smapply.io/

Timelines for AOTF grants are now on the website. 

Awards deadlines extended to October 1, 2019.

Join the AOTF team as Communications Associate.  Click here for job description and application instructions.

AOTF announces its third grant program - Implementation Research (IR) Grants.   Its mission is to improve both individual patient outcomes and overall public health through better use and integration of evidence-based practice. IR grants will study the use of strategies to advance the adoption and integration of evidence-based health interventions into clinical and community settings in order to improve patient outcomes and benefit population health.

Introducing the Dr. Gary Kielhofner Doctoral Research Scholarship in Occupational Therapy. This scholarship is awarded to research doctoral students and is central to both AOTF's mission and Dr. Kielhofner's work in the development of new research talent in occupational therapy.  Application deadline is October 1.   

AOTF is proud to announce that OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health's Journal Impact Factor for 2018 is 1.234. The five-year impact factor is 1.478.  Congratulations to the OTJR editorial staff lead by the Editor-in-Chief Dr. Sherrilene Classen. Read more about AOTF's peer-reviewed research journal.

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Upcoming Events and Dates

OT & Social Justice: BLACKkKLANSMAN November 8, 2019, Chicago, Illinois

Join AOTF for a special screening of the movie and a dialogue featuring Ron Stallworth, the inspiration for the movie, as we examine the role of OT in addressing social justice issues.

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One way AOTF fulfills its mission of advancing the science of occupational therapy is by honoring researchers through its awards.  For the first time in 2020, the Early-Career Research Excellence Award will be given to recognize and support investigators who are contributing and have promise to advance knowledge in the field of occupational therapy. Read about all of the AOTF Awards on the Awards and Honors page

Annual Reports

Read about AOTF's accomplishments, programs, and events in our Annual Reports. Click here.

AOTF Events at the AOTA Annual Conference

Every year, AOTF sponsors events at the AOTA Annual Conference including our signature event -- Breakfast with a Scholar.  Watch this page for the 2020 schedule. Read more.

About AOTF

Since 1965,  AOTF has been Building Evidence to Improve Practice and Health by supporting research into occupational therapy including funding some of the vital studies behind the profession.  Learn AOTF's history of advancing the science and its current Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan.  Read more.

Links to Funding Resources

AOTF provides links to funding sources for the occupational therapy community. Read more.


Letters of Intent Submissions Open 9/15/19! Register to submit your LOI at: https://aotf.smapply.io/.


Supporting research in occupational therapy through grants has been the cornerstone of the AOTF's mission since it's creation in 1965.  AOTF now funds three grant programs, the Implementation Research Grant (IR),  Intervention Research Grant (IRG) and the Health Services Research (HSR) grant programs.  The 2020 grant cycle will open this summer.  Check back for the updated RFPs and timelines in August. The 2019-2020 Intervention Research Grant and the Health Services Research Award Guidelines are now on their respective pages. 

Planning Grant Collectives

The AOTF Planning Grant Collectives bring together researchers from many disciplines to plan future studies.  The three Collectives focused on aging in place, cancer, and mental health. Read more. 

Summer Institute for Future Scientists

The Summer Institute of Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy introduces select students to a career in research, connecting them with mentors in the occupational therapy scientific community, and immersing them in a research-focused professional experience, the Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars.  Read more about this AOTF/AOTA sponsored 2019 Summer Institute and the student researchers selected for the program. 

Recognizing Sponsors

AOTF would not be able to do all that we do without the support of individual, corporation, and university sponsors. Read more.