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What is the St. Catherine Challenge?
The AOTF St. Catherine Challenge is a student-led fundraising initiative to support occupational therapy research grants awarded by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.
The Challenge began in September 2013 when honor society students from St. Catherine University learned the importance of using effective treatment methods that are supported by research evidence. These students were seeking to increase awareness on occupational therapy research that guides practice. They challenged OT students at universities across the United States to a take on the challenge, create their own fundraisers, engage their communities, and join together in a friendly competition in support of AOTF's mission.
GOAL for 2020: $50,000
AOTF awards Intervention Research Grants (IRGs) to provide early-stage research funding to OT investigators that enable them to collect pilot data and build proof of concept for new and novel ideas. This one-year research grant of $50,000 is an essential first round of funding necessary to collect and analyze data, publish findings, apply for larger grants, and conduct future studies. IRGs are the first step to improving the delivery of quality care.
The 2020 Challenge runs until February 17, 2020. AOTF recognizes the top three schools at the AOTA Annual Conference. We recognize the most improved school with our MVP Award and our Rush to the Top Award for the best performing first-time participant.