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Application for massage therapy research fund is now open

Funding competition for the 2016 Massage Therapy Research Fund (MTRF) is now open and applications for research funding are now being accepted, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) has announced.

June 29, 2016  By Massage Therapy Canada staff

The MTRF was established in 2004, with initial contributions from the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario, the Massage Therapy Association of British Columbia, individual Massage Therapists and the public. The CMTO has been its primary contributor ensuring the sustainability of the fund since 2006, the CMTO said.

The application deadline for this year’s funding competition is September 14, 2016 (11:59 p.m. ET). Grant recipients will be announced by December 2016.

The MTRF will provide up to $100,000 in grants for this year’s competition. Each successful applicant can be awarded up to $50,000. The number of awards given will depend on the number of high-quality submissions received. In addition, the length of any individual award shall be set at two years, with requests for a one-year extension allowed.

Eligible research topics include, but are not limited to:
– Massage Therapy effectiveness, efficacy and safety;
– Massage Therapy competencies and competency assessment;
– Access to and delivery of Massage Therapy services;
– Professionalization of Massage Therapy; and
– Evaluation of Massage Therapy practice.


New this year, the CMTO is issuing a special call for research on massage therapy for soft tissue injury. This special call grant will be awarded through the MTRF, with an award amount of up to a maximum of $87,500. This special call will focus on the topic: Effectiveness of Massage Therapy treatment for soft tissue injury (e.g., sprains, strains, lower back and extremity injuries) following a motor vehicle accident.

How to Apply
Guidelines for the applications and the application form are on the MTRF website.

After carefully reading the MTRF Guidelines, complete the MTRF Application Form and compile all required documents.

Submit your completed MTRF Application Form and all supporting documents electronically (via e-mail) to Dr. Natalie Bozinovski at by September 14, 2016.

More information about the MTRF funding competition can be found on the MTRF website and the CMTO website.

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