AOTF Grants

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Applications typically open annually in summer.

Grants for OT Faculty/Early Career Researchers:

AOTF Implementation Research (IR) Grant Program

The mission of Implementation Research Grant program 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. Letter of Intent due: August 14, 2024. 

AOTF Intervention Research Grant (IRG) Program

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. Letter of Intent due: August 14, 2024. 

AOTF Health Services Research (HSR) Grant Program

Health Services Research examines how people get access to health care, how and what care is delivered, the cost of that care, and what happens to patients as a result of receiving or not receiving care. Specifically, HSR is a multidisciplinary field that studies how social factors, financing systems, organization structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and costs of health care, and ultimately, the health and well-being of health care consumers. Not available in 2025 cycle.

2025 IR/IRG Grant Timeline: more details coming soon


Application Stage

Summer 2024

  • 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 applications
August 14, 2024  Online Submission for Letter of Intent opens
September 27, 2024 Letter of Intent deadline 11:59 p.m. ET.
October 2024 Invitations to submit an Application are extended to principal investigators who meet eligibility criteria and whose LOI is accepted by AOTF. Invitees can begin application.
December 1, 2024  Applications deadline for grants full application at 11:59 p.m. ET.
March 2025 Summary statements and award notifications are sent to applicants.

AOTF & MJFF Occupational Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease Intervention Research Grant

This inaugural funding will support projects with a specific focus on the investigation of Parkinson's disease (PD) and OT intervention as well as provide a blueprint for future Foundation partnerships. Not available for 2024.

New for 2025! The Dr. Carolyn Baum Occupational Therapy & Functional Cognition Award

This award will recognize an occupational therapists who has contributed significant knoweldge and orignial research to the profession in the area of functional cogntion and who has also been a mentor to an early or mid-career level OT researcher. The award stipend of $10,000 will go to the mentee for his/her/their research and/or research trainning. Applications opening soon. 

Training Grants:

STRIDE OT Research Fund

The AOTF Standing for Research Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (STRIDE) committee is offering OT research funds to occupational therapy (OT) graduate students and clinicians from underrepresented groups to address the urgent need of broadening their representation in OT research. Applications due: July 19, 2024. 

Fellowships for Post-Doctoral Researchers

Nedra Gillette Endowed Research Fellowship

The Nedra Gillette Endowed Research Fellowship award is in support of a postdoctoral researcher's foundational occupational therapy study into the human condition. Applications due September 15, 2024.

Nancy Talbot Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Seeks to improve diversity of the occupational therapy workforce by supporting postdoctoral training for individuals from groups demonstrated to have low representation in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. Applications due September 15, 2024.

Scholarships for OT Doctoral Students

New for 2025! The Dr. A. Jean Ayres Occupational Therapy Doctoral Candidate Research Scholarship

The Dr. A. Jean Ayres Occupational Therapy Doctoral Candidate Research Scholarship, named after the originator of sensory integration theory and practice, will support an outstanding emerging OT scientist conducting research pursuant to their dissertation plan, build evidence in sensory integration and sensory processing, as well as help increase the visibility of occupational therapy in these fields. This annual scholarship will be $5,000. Applications due tbd.

Dr. Gary Kielhofner Doctoral Research Scholarship in Occupational Therapy

The Dr. Gary Kielhofner Doctoral Research Scholarship in Occupational Therapy will support an occupational therapist doctoral candidate in pursuing their research. Applications due September 15, 2024.

Bonita Kraft Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student Scholarship

The Bonita Kraft Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student Scholarship will support an occupational therapist doctoral candidate in pursuing research in the areas of mental health and serious mental illness. Applications due September 15, 2024.