Ruth Watson Grant


Ruth Watson OTASA Research Grant

2016 Research Grant

The OTASA research committee invites applications from individuals or teams for the Ruth Watson Research Grant 2016.

The cut-off date for grant applications is 31 January 2016

Documentation (click to download)

Ruth Watson Research Grant Application Form
Ruth Watson Research Grant Protocol Evaluation Criteria


The grant aims to foster occupational therapy and occupational science research in South Africa that will enhance the development of occupational therapy in a significant way.

The grant has been made available to support research done by clinicians that is not for degree purposes and which is not necessarily eligible for other research funding. Paid up OTASA members are eligible to apply for this award. Membership throughout the period of the award is required.


The grant is awarded annually and carries a once-off amount of R10 000,00. The grant may be used for equipment, supplies, maintenance or technical assistance for the research for an approved period of time.

Please refer to the “Ruth Watson Research Grant Protocol Evaluation Criteria” for the criteria against which the protocol and application will be judged.

Applicants for the research grant should submit the following:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A full research protocol
  3. Letter of approval from an ethics committee and an ethics reference number allocated by a recognised ethics committee. All addendums to protocol (after initial date of submission to ethics committee) must also be submitted to the research committee.
  4. Research budget as a separate document.
  5. Evidence that / if funding has been applied for to any other organisation and the outcome of that funding application.
  6. Curriculum Vitae of all researchers involved


  1. The research committee will consider all completed applications received before the cut-off date, according to the criteria.
  2. A grant allocation committee consisting of a minimum of three members of the research committee are allocated for the review of grant applications and the award process.
  3. The grant allocation committee members rate the applications according to the “Ruth Watson Research Grant Protocol Evaluation Criteria”.
  4. The proposal with the highest combined score will be awarded the grant. If there is any uncertainty amongst the grant allocation committee they will discuss their differences until they agree on the most suitable candidate for the grant. Unsuccessful candidates will be given feedback.
  5. The applicants will be informed by the chairperson of the grant allocation committee in writing within two months after the cut-off date for submissions on the status of their applications.
  6. The recipient of the grant will be announced at the OTASA Annual General meeting.

Conditions attached to the funding

  • Funding is subject to prior ethical approval from a recognised Ethics Committee
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a ‘Conditions of acceptance’ letter which must be returned to the OT office by the due date stipulated on the award letter.
  • An annual progress report, with ethics approval for every year of research needs to be completed.
  • At least one article must be submitted for publication to SAJOT on conclusion of the research.
  • OTASA must be acknowledged in all publications and conference presentations that come out of this research.

Contact Information

For more information on the Ruth Watson Research Grant, you are welcome to approach any member of the research committee or send an e-mail to or phone Liesl Peters (Chair: Ruth Watson Grant Committee) at 021 406 4929

Research committee members

  • Hanlie Pitout (Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University)
  • Ronette Hough (UOFS)
  • Tania Buys (UP)
  • Kitty Uys (UKZN)
  • Denise Franzsen (Wits)
  • Dr Shaheed Soeker (UWC)
  • Desiree vd Vyfer (Clinician)
  • Zelda Coetzee (US)
  • Liesl Peters (UCT)
  • Madri Snyman (INSTOPP)