Establishment of a new collaboration to support the Massage Therapy Research Fund.

The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) is deeply committed to advancing massage therapy research through the Massage Therapy Research Fund (MTRF). In partnership the Holistic Health Research Foundation of Canada, the MTRF was first established in 2006.. With the closure of the Holistic Health Research Foundation of Canada, CMTO sought to establish a new collaboration to ensure the viability of the MTRF and the annual competition.

We are very pleased to announce our new collaboration with IN-CAM in the administration of the MTRF.

Commencing September 2012, the MTRF is being administered by IN-CAM, the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary & Alternative Medicine Research (, based at the University of Toronto and the University of Calgary. IN-CAM is a research network committed to supporting and facilitating research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Canada. With IN-CAM’s involvement, the goal is for the MTRF to continue supporting the growing area of massage therapy research in Canada.

Announcement of the 2012 MTRF Competition

We are very pleased to announce the 2012 MTRF competition.

The application deadline is December 10, 2012 (midnight). Application forms and submission guidelines can be downloaded at,0,0,1,0,0&menu=3

Through the Research Fund, IN-CAM invites applications that apply to any of the following research areas:

  • Massage therapy effectiveness, efficacy, and safety
  • Massage therapy access and delivery
  • Massage therapy policy
  • Massage therapy knowledge translation

A total of $40,000 is available for the 2012 competition. Grant applications up to $20,000 will be considered.

Studies may be qualitative or quantitative, or mixed method. Initially, funding preference will be given to smaller, pilot, or innovative study designs. In this way, the MTRF aims to assist the scientific and massage therapy communities in building a foundation for the eventual construction of more complex research projects. The MTRF encourages applications that also seek funding from other sources.

The principal investigator must be affiliated with a Canadian charitable institution (university, hospital, or research institution) that will be responsible for administering the finances of the grant and providing financial reports as required. Please note that Research Funds will be disbursed to and administered through the charitable institution.  The research team may include members affiliated with a non-Canadian institution. One member of the research team should be a massage therapist. Graduate students in Masters and PhD level training and Post-Doctoral Fellows are encouraged to apply.

Deadline to submit a research project proposal is Monday December 10, 2012. Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by April 15, 2013.

Application forms and instructions can be downloaded at,0,0,1,0,0&menu=3


Vahe Kehyayan, PhD
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer