AOTA Helps Build Research Capacity

By Andrew Waite

When it comes to building a greater research capacity for occupational therapy, AOTA is earning its stripes. 

The Association recently pledged support for a national grant-writing seminar intended to help rehabilitation researchers move forward with their shovel-ready projects. 

The T-15 proposal: Intensive Rehabilitation Research Grant Writing workshop (TIGRR) provides approximately 300 attendees the expertise and support to be successful at the national level in obtaining research grants. The target audience for the workshop includes junior and mid-level faculty in all rehabilitation research disciplines who are on the cusp of success in National Institutes of Health–funded or similar research but could benefit from expert, one-on-one mentorship in grantsmanship.

AOTA has agreed to help sponsor the national workshop, scheduled for January 15 to 19, 2013, at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. 
“This is an important opportunity in AOTA’s broader efforts to increase research capacity within the profession,” said Fred Somers, AOTA’s executive director. “If we are to achieve our Centennial Vision, we must be committed to supporting occupational therapy researchers in their efforts to increase our knowledge and evidence base, and ensure occupational therapy is a science-driven profession.”

Occupational therapy has been an important player at such grant writing workshops for the last decade. Each year, approximately 20% of workshop participants are occupational therapists. In addition, leaders like Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Grace Baranek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Brian Boyd, PhD; Malcolm Cutchin, PhD; and Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, serve as grant-writing mentors. 

The workshops frequently lead to successful grant awards, and occupational therapy practitioners who will soon be ready to submit funding requests should consider applying to future seminars.

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Andrew Waite is the associate editor of OT Practice magazine. He can be reached at