CMTO - Massage Therapy Research Fund: 2016 Funding
Competition Now Closed
2016 Massage Therapy Research Fund (MTRF) funding
now closed and research proposal
applications are no longer being accepted.
The MTRF was established in 2004. The
College of Massage Therapists (CMTO) has been the
primary contributor, ensuring the sustainability of
the fund since 2006.
The application deadline for this
year's funding competition was
September 14, 2016 (11:59 p.m. ET).
Grant recipients will be announced by December 2016.
The MTRF will provide up to $100,000
for the competition this year.
The number of awards given will depend on the
number of high-quality submissions received; and
The length of any individual award shall be set
at two years, with requests for a one-year
Each successful applicant can be awarded up to
Eligible research topics include, but
are not limited to:
Massage Therapy competencies and competency
Access to and delivery of Massage Therapy
Professionalization of Massage Therapy; and
Evaluation of Massage Therapy practice.
Massage Therapy effectiveness, efficacy and
Special Call for Research on Massage
Therapy for Soft Tissue Injury
This year we are introducing a
special call for research on a specific topic.
The award amount will be a maximum of $87,500.
Effectiveness of Massage Therapy treatment
for soft tissue injury (e.g., sprains, strains,
lower back and extremity injuries) following a
motor vehicle accident.
The special call grant will be awarded through
How to Apply
Guidelines for the applications and
the application form are here:
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
firstname.lastname@example.org by September 14,
2016 (now closed and no
longer accepting applications).
Information about the MTRF funding
competition can be found here:
Centre for Integrative Medicine at the University of
Toronto is Now Responsible for the Massage Therapy
After a rigorous
selection process and careful consideration, the
Council of the College of Massage
Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) has announced that the
Centre for Integrative Medicine (CIM) at the
University of Toronto is now responsible for the
Massage Therapy Research Fund (MTRF) and managing
the funding competition.
More specifically, Dr. Lynda Balneaves, Director of
the CIM – a collaboration of the Faculty of Medicine
and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University
of Toronto, as well as The Scarborough Hospital – is
responsible for the MTRF and managing the related
annual competition. Dr. Balneaves is an Associate
Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty
of Medicine, and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
in the University of Toronto. She is also a
Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
"We are very pleased with this decision. We would
like to thank the IN-CAM Research Network for their
valuable work over the past years in effectively
managing the MTRF and ensuring a high level and
rigorous funding competition. Looking ahead, we are
confident that the CIM will enable the MTRF to be
applied to high-quality research on Massage Therapy
in the coming years," said Corinne Flitton, CMTO’s
Registrar & CEO.
The announcement regarding the CIM, which will
oversee a minimum of two funding competitions, 2016
and 2017, was made to registrants and stakeholders
on December 16, 2015.
For more information about the Massage Therapy
Research Fund, go to the CMTO website:
Current and upcoming
2016 MTRF research funding competition – to be
Important changes to the MTRF for
The funder, College of Massage Therapists of
Ontario, has determined to make several changes to
the MTRF to ensure that it continues to support
rigorous research with impact and research that is
relevant to the education and practice of massage
therapists within the context of the Canadian health
The MTRF research funding competition
is a national competition, run on an annual basis.
It is announced once a year, at which time the MTRF
Guidelines and MTRF Application Form are released.
The submission deadline is set at the time of the
competition announcement. Applications received
undergo a rigorous
two-phase review process, which takes between
three and four months. Grant recipients are
announced approximately five months after the
competition is closed.
total funding amount allocated per funding cycle
will be determined on an annual basis by CMTO. The
amount allowed per grant shall not exceed $50,000.
However, only one grant for $50,000 will be
considered per funding cycle. A maximum of five
grants per funding cycle can be awarded, provided
the total amount of funds allocated for that year
does not exceed $100,000.
For more information about the changes to research
priorities and grants, go to:
the new review process
History of MTRF:
Since it’s launch in 2004, IN-CAM’s innovative
approach to networking has helped to define a CAM
research community in Canada. CAM researchers now
have a place to gather, share their research
results, and develop collaborative projects.
IN-CAM's activities include:
Hosting an bi-annual IN-CAM Research
Symposium, which brings together researchers, policy
makers, practitioners and educators in the CAM
field. The symposium provides an opportunity to
share research findings and discuss emerging issues
and topics in the CAM field in the Canadian context.
Linking with networks, organizations
and educational institutions to develop partnerships
that further IN-CAM’s objectives and streamline
research initiatives within the CAM field.
Maintaining an interactive website,
with a rich database of information related to CAM
research and individuals interested in CAM research.
some useful links here:
Please send massage therapy research articles or links,
you would like to share on our new research pages of