The AOTF IR is ideally 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. Eligible applicants are not required to be occupational therapists. However, as the goal of this grant is to improve care in the domain of occupational therapy, the research application must have an occupational therapist(s) as key personnel and he/she must be an integral part of the design and execution of the project. Further, the PI must explain how the proposed project is aligned with the OT scope of practice or emerging practice area. Co-PI applications are accepted as long as an OT is one of the Co-PIs.
Projects submitted for funding should include one or more stages of implementation of an evidence-based program into a specific clinical practice and/or method to assist practitioners, patients, caregivers, health systems, and additional members of trans-disciplinary teams to develop and implement best evidence into their practice. These activities can be aimed at a specific clinical situation in a single practice setting with the purpose of improving practice at that site. This funding application strongly encourages this type of application. The application can also assess activities to improve methods to develop and implement programs into practice on a more global level.
Implementation research must be grounded in the needs of clinicians, patients, caregivers and/or health systems. Hence, stakeholders must be an integral part of the development and execution of the proposed project. To this end, all projects must include stakeholder partners who are explicitly and clearly integrated into the planning and implementation of the project. Preference will be given to projects that have at least one stakeholder as a Co-Investigator.
The Implementation Research grant program receives major funding from The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®).