Develop and promote the evidence base of occupational therapy

The Trust will issue calls for research applications in line with our strategic intentions to:

  1. Support research into the cost effectiveness of occupational therapy through appropriate work with health economics experts.
  2. Support the production of evidence about the value of occupation and participation
  3. Support the implementation and adoption of evidence in practice


Our first call for proposals to study the implementation of evidence in practice has closed and recipients will be announced shortly.

Pump-Primer Research Grants

The Elizabeth Casson Trust is excited to launch a new funding opportunity to pump-prime research activity.

We recognised that having the time, space, support and funding to start your research activity can be a challenge, especially for early career researchers and it is these individuals for whom the new award is intended.

The Trust is making available awards of £500 – £5,000 for activities such as writing a proposal, carrying out a small-scale study, buying-in specialist skills, convening a support group or network, writing a paper that enhances your research profile, etc. The intention is that the activity supports and enables your development as an early researcher.

The application form can be downloaded here.

We are keen to hear from you if you have any questions or feedback on this initiative; please email Pam


The Elizabeth Casson Trust is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies we fund may be eligible to access the NIHR Study Support Service which is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network. Find out what this means for you here.


Case Studies

This award has provided me with the opportunity to complete a research proposal for a dissertation project I aim to complete in the near future. The proposed study is unique in that there is a current lack of evidence within the area of functional neurological disorders relating to occupational therapy practice, therefore the interventions we provide are questionable and subjective to our own thoughts and beliefs. The impact of the study will provide a voice for these patients and give us an increased insight into their lived experiences in order for us to better inform future practice.

Sarah Chatfield, Occupational Therapist
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