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​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 2022, the COETF received a total 14 applications. Of those, 11 were granted at least partial funding totalling $25,000 for projects or research 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 2024 Awards Program is Wednesday, February 7, 2024

2024 COETF Award Application - click here    FRENCH

Award Evaluation criteria are available here.   FRENCH


To view the 2023 Award Recipients, please click here.

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