The COETF Annual Awards Program for 2015

The Canadian Optometric Education Fund (COETF) received a total 37 applications for awards in 2015. Of those, 22 were granted at least partial funding 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. 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.

 

QUICK FACTS

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 info.coetf@gmail.com.

The COETF Annual Awards Program for 2015

SCHOOL OF OPTOMETRY AND VISUAL SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

Institution
Total Applications
Received

Total Waterloo School of Optometry Applications

32

Total Montréal École d’Optométrie Applications

3

Total Vision Institute Applications

1

Total Independent Practitioner Applications

1

Total for 2015

37

Total Funding Requested

$ 177,663.60

$ 19,530.60

$ 4,900.00

$ 7560.00

$ 209,654.20

Total Applications
Approved

22

2

0

0

22

Total Funding provided

$ 40,000.00

$ 3,500.00

N/A

N/A

$ 40,000.00

Total Applications (since inception)

$6,907,643.39

Total Awards (since inception)

$1,916,413.00

COEFT Reports

In an effort to highlight some of the projects and research by COETF award recipients, the COETF Trustees and Awards Committee have selected project reports to be published in the Canadian Journal of Optometry (CJO). COETF funded research, when completed and peer-reviewed may be published in the CJO and other journals. The COETF reports are intended to provide relevant information for the benefit of our readers and to showcase the high calibre of optometric research funded by COETF, Canadian optometry's charity. 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. To donate online or download a donation form, visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/canadian-optometric-education-trust-fund/