American Occupational Therapy Foundation Invites Applications for Health Services Research Grants

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation is inviting applications for its Health Services Research Grants program.

According to the foundation, Health Services Research (HSR) 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, organizational 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 healthcare consumers. Past research has yielded information on intervention trends and risk factors, outcome of treatments, and patterns of care, as well as established new health policies, and led to significant discoveries, and the development of new therapies.

Through the program, applicants may apply to one of two study options:

HSR Pilot Study Option #1 — Grants of up to $100,000 over up to two years will be awarded in support of pilot studies that examine an occupational therapy-related question using data from administrative or healthcare dataset(s) (e.g. Medicare Administrative data, Health System Electronic Medical records).

HSR Pilot Study Option #2 — Grants of up to $50,000 over one year will be awarded in support of pilot studies that examine a rehabilitation question using data from publicly available datasets (e.g., Health and Retirement Survey, National Health and Aging Trends Study, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, LTCFocus).

Research priorities include health behaviors that contribute to the prevention and management of chronic conditions; functional cognition; safety and injury prevention in home, clinical, and community settings; technology and environmental supports in the home and community; development and transitions for individuals and families; emotional and physiological influences; family and caregiver needs; healthcare experience, access, care coordination, and utilization; and the use of and establishment of common data elements and data.

To be eligible, the PI must have a terminal research degree or doctorate with advanced research training (such as completion of a research fellowship) and be employed by a U.S. domestic, public, or private, nonprofit organization/institution that is eligible to receive foundation research grants. PIs may be a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States, or have been admitted for permanent residence, or have applied for permanent residence.

Letters of Intent are due August 31. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by November 30, 2020.

See the American Occupational Therapy Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and information about previous grant recipients.

View another RFP related to health

Deadline: August 26, 2020