The Massage Therapy Research Fund (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 the primary contributor the ensuring the sustainability of the fund since 2006.
The primary purpose of the MTRF is to fund high-quality and rigorous research in Massage Therapy in order to generate knowledge about Massage Therapy that is useful to both, the public in making healthcare decisions, and Registered Massage Therapists in the delivery of care. Its research priorities are as follows:
- Massage Therapy effectiveness, efficacy and safety;
- Access to and delivery of Massage Therapy services;
- Professionalization of Massage Therapy;
- Massage Therapy competencies and competency assessment;
- Evaluation of Massage Therapy practices; and
- Special calls for specific topics, as approved by the CMTO.
Administration of the MTRF is based on a guarantee that the funds allocated to the MTRF by the College were safeguarded and managed appropriately. In addition, the Council is adamant that the research funded through the MTRF is of high scientific quality and appropriate ethical standards.
• 2004-2011 – Holistic Health Research Foundation of Canada (HHRFC)
• 2011-2016 – IN-CAM Research Network
• 2016-2018 – Centre for Integrative Medicine (CIM), University of Toronto
• 2018 to present – Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) Centennial College
Annual funding competition
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.
The amount paid out for each individual Award of the general competition cannot exceed $50,000.00 and the total dollar amount of general competitions, while at the discretion of the CMTO, will likely be no more than $100,000 per year.
The total dollar amount of the special call for specific topics award (one) is not to exceed $50,000.
Once an Award is made, the length of time to complete the research project is two (2) years.
Who can apply?
To ensure that MTRF-funded studies are conducted in a rigorous manner, the following are considered eligible to apply for a MTRF grant:
1) Established researchers – Individuals with research credentials (Master or PhD), who hold faculty or research position at a recognized research institution in Canada.
2) Research trainees with Master, PhD or post-doctoral degree in Canada if they are collaborating with an established researcher at a recognized Canadian research institution. The established researcher must be the principal applicant and research supervisor for the proposed application.
3) Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a Canadian academic institution or in a massage therapy-training program if they are collaborating with an established researcher at a recognized Canadian research institution. The established researcher must be the principal applicant and research supervisor for the proposed application.
4) Massage therapists if they are collaborating with an established researcher at a recognized Canadian research institution for the purposes of conducting research. The established researcher must be the principal applicant and research supervisor for the proposed application.
- Recognized research institution is defined as an institution which is eligible to receive Tri-Council funding (NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR) and has a Research Ethics Board.
- This Canada-wide funding competition is open to anyone meeting the above eligibility criteria and is not limited to Ontarian institutes.
- Grants cannot be held by an individual. They must be held at a research institution in Canada that administers research grants.
- Individuals not based in Canada may be part of the research team. However, the principal applicant who will hold the grant if awarded must be based at a Canadian research institution.
Who cannot apply:
Individuals holding a MTRF grant are not eligible to apply for a subsequent grant until the first has been finalized and closed. This is confirmed by receipt of the MTRF Completion Report and a Final Financial Report from the institution where the grant is held.
Current and upcoming MTRF competitions: