A monthly newsletter of the AOTF Institute for the Study
of Occupation and Health
This issue of Research
Resources features the first AOTF Institute Cooperation Spotlight
which highlights how we are working with likeminded organizations to
advance the AOTF mission. This inaugural spotlight focuses on The
Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on
philanthropy, whose valuable resources can build understanding of grant
seeking, benefit the seeding of new research, and advance research
initiatives that support the Research
Priorities and Parameters of Practice for Occupational Therapy.
We are grateful to our colleagues at The Foundation Center for their
cooperation and their guidance in designing this spotlight, and we look
forward to working with them to develop more ways in which the
constituency of AOTF can connect to and benefit from Foundation Center
online webinars, real-time seminars, and related resources.
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD
Director, AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
AOTF Institute Cooperation Spotlight: The
The Foundation Center is the most authoritative source of information
on private philanthropy in the United States, helping researchers,
policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the
field of philanthropy. If you are new to the Foundation Center, please
take a moment to click through this quick tour of the services and
features available through its web site. The site is designed to guide
you quickly to the information you are looking for - instruction on
funding research, help with proposal writing, tools for locating
prospective funders, news and research on the field, or a
library/learning center or training class near you.
Guide to Research on Funding
If you are a first-time grant seeker, this online guide was created
with you in mind. It is intended both as a basic primer on the grant
seeking process and as an introduction to some of the resources
available with a special emphasis on those issued by The Foundation
Center. If you prefer not to read the guide online, feel free to
download sections for your own personal use. The guide covers
foundations in detail, but it also discusses corporate and government
funders as well as individual donors.
Online Training Courses
The Foundation Center's interactive online training
courses - both free and fee-based - are detailed guided courses that
reinforce lessons with interactivity, assignments, and self-tests. When
you select an e-learning course, you will be asked to log in or
register at The Foundation Center web site. Courses include
"Proposal Writing," "Proposal Budgeting Basics,"
"Grantseeking Basics for Individuals," "Finding
Foundation Support for Your Education," and many more.
Center librarians have long provided "reference guides" to
guide visitors with particular interests to effectively use the resources
in its library collection. These guides include a Reference
Guide for Medicine and Health and
Guide for Researchers among many others for
individuals and nonprofits seeking support.
Listen and Learn to Write
Foundation Center's popular Guide
to Proposal Writing is now available as
an audio book, thanks to a partnership with Recording for the Blind
& Dyslexic. Listen online or download the book to your preferred
a Foundation Center or
Cooperating Collection Near You
Foundation Center's library/learning centers are located in New
York City, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Its
network of Cooperating
Collections, located across the US
and in Puerto Rico and Mexico, are funding information centers in
libraries, community foundations, and nonprofit resource centers that
offer a core collection of Foundation Center electronic and print
resources and a variety of supplementary materials and services in
areas useful to grant seekers.
Grant Announcements &
Postdoctoral Fellowships in MS Rehabilitation Research.
The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society offers an
innovative postdoctoral fellowship program to qualified mentors and
institutions to recruit and train postdoctoral fellows in
rehabilitation research relevant to multiple sclerosis. Deadline for
Applications: August 1, 2008.
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Advanced
Clinical Mentorships Available
The SPD Foundation's Advanced Intensive Mentorship program provides
clinicians with a unique opportunity to receive training in
assessment and intervention for SPD. Participants spend five
intensive days working in small groups with experienced clinicians to
learn to apply clinical reasoning by following the planning and
treatment of children who are in therapy.
Fellowship Program Soliciting Applications
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is
soliciting applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship
Program. Two-year fellowships are available in any US
laboratory that addresses the NSBRI's goals of seeking solutions to
the various health concerns associated with long-duration human space
exploration. Notices of intent are due June 19,
2008, and the application deadline is July 31, 2008.
& Related Resources
Database of Federally
Funded Biomedical Research Projects
CRISP (Computer Retrieval
of Information on Scientific Projects) is a searchable database
of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at
universities, hospitals, and other research institutions. Users,
including the public, can use the CRISP interface to search for
scientific concepts, emerging trends and techniques, or identify
specific projects and/or investigators.
National Rehabilitation Reporting System
National Rehabilitation Reporting System (NRS) contains client data
collected from participating adult inpatient rehabilitation
facilities and programs across Canada.
Stroke Rehabilitation Tool
American Heart Association Tennessee Stroke Systems Task Force Rehabilitation
Subcommittee has a new tool designed to provide a guide in choosing
appropriate services and the most beneficial post-acute setting to
simplify and explain the rehabilitation options available and
appropriate consultation of therapists.
NIH Research, Condition,
and Disease Categorization (RCDC) Webinar
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) presents a
webinar introducing the new Research, Condition, and
Disease Categorization (RCDC) system. This new computer-based
tool will allow you to see how the NIH categorizes its research in
nearly 360 categories representing research areas, diseases, and
conditions. The webinar will contain an explanation of the new
system and then there will be an open discussion. If you are
interested in joining the webinar, please RSVP by Friday, June 6,
2008 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your questions in advance to email@example.com.
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AOTF Institute Program Spotlights
Wilma L. West Library
Supported by AOTF and AOTA, the mission of the Wilma L. West Library
is to acquire, organize, and retain the literature specific to
occupational therapy including books, journals, dissertations, and
unpublished reports. To this end, the library seeks to build its
collection of occupational therapy doctoral dissertations. If you or
someone you know wishes to donate a dissertation to the library,
please contact the librarian with the name of the
author and the title of the dissertation.
library resources are catalogued and indexed in OT
SEARCH, a bibliographic database of over 36,000 items
accessible by subscription. Individuals may request assistance from the library's staff or request
photocopies of articles by completing a request
form. Non-periodical material may be borrowed from
the Wilma L. West Library through interlibrary loan. Please
check our web
site for possible fees for the above services or call
800-729-2682 (AOTA members) or 301-652-6611 (non-members), ext. 2557.
AOTF's New Blog
AOTF now has its own blog where visitors can download Research Resources,
listen to the proceedings of the 2008 AOTF Institute Research Colloquium,
and keep informed about initiatives of the AOTF Institute as AOTF
creates its new web site.
NCHPEG Annual Meeting
Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) 11th
annual meeting (September 4 - 5, 2008, Bethesda, Maryland) will
feature plenary sessions on pharmacogenomics for health
professionals, model educational programs, web-based instruction on
genetics, a poster session and reception, meetings of working groups
and committees, and exhibits by commercial and non-profit
The World Congress on Disabilities
The Pennsylvania Summer World Congress on Disabilities Expo will be
held at the Greater Reading Expo Center, Friday and Saturday, July 11
- 12, 2008. This year's conference program will include seminars by
leading associations, non-profits, and government agencies discussing
issues facing the disability community. .
Health, Wellbeing and Happiness: From Local
Action to Global Change
This conference (Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom,
June 30 - July 1, 2008) will bring together leading social scientists
and humanities scholars to present and evaluate contributions to this
Call For Papers for the SPD Foundation 7th National Symposium
Three research papers and three clinical/strategic papers on sensory
processing disorder (SPD) will be selected for this conference on Boston,
Massachusetts, November 7 - 8, 2008, deadline June 30, 2008.
2008 IAEM Student Poster Competition
The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) requests
abstracts for their Student Poster Competition. The competition, part
of the Association's 56th Annual Conference, will highlight
undergraduate and graduate research in emergency management and
related fields. Abstracts will be accepted until October 1, 2008.
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