Objective. Occupational therapy faculty members often need guidance in developing a research program that will result in publication and sponsorship. This qualitative study investigated how university faculty members had successfully established research programs.

Method. Nine well-known occupational therapy researchers were interviewed by telephone regarding how they had established a research career. These interviews were transcribed and analyzed.

Results. The advice of the occupational therapy researchers included the following: complete a doctoral education, find mentors, and link with colleagues who have similar research interests. They also recommended that new researchers learn to take risks and accept criticism, prioritize, manage work time, and learn about the systems that support research.

Conclusion. Occupational therapy researchers’ experiences can be used to provide helpful advice and guidance for faculty members who are beginning research programs.

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