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Recognizing Impacters and Innovators

Awarding OTRs and COTAs who go above and beyond.

Prestigious Awards for Amazing OT Practitioners

The recipients of our Impact and Innovation Awards demonstrate actions that truly support NBCOT's mission of serving the public interest by advancing client care and professional practice.

Award recipients receive their respective award, a featured spotlight in NBCOT publications and social media, and a press release to share the news with others. Additionally, their next certification renewal fee will be waived.

Award submissions will open in early 2024.

Innovation Award

Recognizes OTRs or COTAs who demonstrate the delivery of an evidence-based, effective, and innovative program or intervention that enhances the quality of life for a person or persons.

Innovation Award Details

Impact Award

Recognizes practitioners who demonstrate exceptional professional commitment through dedication, hard work, and outstanding OT skills to improve their clients’ overall life satisfaction and their engagements in valued occupations.

Impact Award Details

Award Submissions Are Now Open

Submit an application or nominate a colleague for a prestigious award. Applications will be accepted until February 29, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Previous Award Winners

Read all about the amazing impact and innovations these previous winners have been recognized for.

    Tips for Submitting an Award Application

    • Consider the award definition; make sure you are applying for the award type that best fits your application.
    • Take time to develop thoughtful responses. Try not to rush to submit before the deadline.
    • Stay on track; always connect your responses back to the question. Avoid simply restating the question in your own words.
    • Make sure you have included details and examples where indicated. Avoid using broad or vague language.
    • Keep your responses clear and simple to understand.
    • Be objective about your work (or the nominee’s work).

    Keep in mind: While it is nice to nominate someone in secret, consider working with the nominee where possible. This allows for a more detailed and well-rounded application.

    *Please note that these are general recommendations and in no way guarantee an application resulting in an award.

    Awards Frequently Asked Questions