COETF Award Applications

The COETF was created in 1976 by the members of the Canadian Association of Optometrists to assist programs in research, education and human resources development in the vision and eye care field in Canada.


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. The deadline for applications each year is in early February. For additional information about the application process or a copy of the application form, contact


All award recipients are required to submit an interim report on their project and a final report upon completion. In an effort to recognize some of the projects and research being done by COETF award recipients the Awards Committee will publish project reports in the Canadian Journal of Optometry (CJO) so that our members across the country can learn more about where COETF funding goes, as well as highlighting exciting optometric research.



2022 COETF Award Application Forms

Deadline Tuesday, February 1, 2022

2023 COETF Award Application - coming soon

2023 COETF Demande de fonds - Francais - coming soon. 

Please contact Anne Stacey at for more information.