OTA Research Foundation Direct Gift Recipient Grants

OTA Research Foundation Direct Gift Recipient Grants

This award is currently closed for applications..

The OTA Research Foundation (OTARF) grants scheme stimulates new research knowledge and supports the career development and capacity of researchers.

Priority will be given to those applicants who:

  • Have an emergent rather than established research and publication track record
  • Have to date not obtained large, national, international competitive research grant funding
  • May have experienced interruptions to research track record dur to carer or other responsibilities/circumstances
  • Will actively benefit from research team interaction and monitoring

For this research grant process, no priority areas of research have been determined. However, consistent with the goals of the scheme to generate new occupational therapy research knowledge, the primary project aim must be to address an aspect of occupational therapy.

This award is run annually. In 2023-2024, there is up to $14,000 available for distribution.

If you need more information, download the award guidelines (PDF, 144 KB).

If you have any questions please email awards@otaus.com.au.

Current and Past Award Recipients

2023 and Current Award Recipient

Catherine Hilly
Feasibility of the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance Approach to improve occupational performance and participation for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and coordination difficulties.

2022 Award Recipient

Nastaran Doroud
Development and evaluation of an innovative occupation-based program to promote participation and recovery for community-dwelling adults living with mental illness

2021 Award Recipient

Lorrae Mynard
Implementing occupational formulation and goal setting into the occupational therapy practice process.

2020 Award Recipients

Annette Peart
Practice education in lockdown: the experiences of occupational therapy practice educators during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ornissa Naidoo
Play-based prewriting skills project

2019 Award Recipients

Anoo Bhopti
We Care – supporting parental well-being when there is a child with disability


Freyr Patterson
Rehabilitation groups: participation, satisfaction and the client experience

2018 Award Recipients

Celeste Glasgow
What is the most effective orthosis for improving functional outcomes for individuals with extension deficits of their proximal interphalangeal joint following hand trauma?


Claire Dickson
Outcomes of an occupational therapy program for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder using trained Assistance Dogs


Margaret Wallen
Effective engagement of children and young people with cerebral palsy as partners in research


Claire Dickson
How do occupational therapists practice with communities to improve population health, well-being, and inclusion? A systematic review and practitioner survey

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