​Through its annual program of Awards, the COETF has supported faculty development, research and/or specialized education programs carried out by graduate students and investigative projects conducted by undergraduates and faculty at Canada's schools of optometry, as well as projects undertaken by independent practitioners or members of the public.

Research and academic support are vital to our profession. COETF is our charity and needs our contributions, now more than ever. Please give generously and often.


​In 2020, the COETF received a total 22 applications and of those, 16 were granted at least partial funding totaling $25,000 for research projects. In most cases, applicants are not given full funding as the total amount of funding requested greatly exceeds the money available for granting. Awards funding is based on the revenue from interest earned over the previous year and the donations received from Canadian Optometrists.

The deadline for submissions for the 2021 Awards Program is Monday, February 1, 2021

2021 COETF Award Application - English / French

Award Evaluation criteria are available here.


To view the 2020 Award Recipients, please click here.