Internal Education Scholarship Grant Opportunities
Faculty of Medicine Education Development Fund (EDF)
About the Grant: A seed fund designed to encourage those who are transitioning to, or are newly engaged in, education scholarship to further their career development. Funding has traditionally been awarded to initiatives that focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of courses, programs and curricula including faculty development, continuing education and clinical learning initiatives. This grant requires matching funds from the applicant’s academic department.
Value: Up to $20,000 ($10,000 from EDF plus departmental match)
Provost’s Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF)
About the Grant: A seed fund designed to catalyze initiatives that immediately and directly impact University of Toronto education and teaching programs through innovation and development. The ITIF is focused specifically on the practical applications of technology in design, implementation, evaluation, curriculum renewal, faculty development, or continuing education initiatives that enrich learning.
Value: There are three streams of funding with different values:
Seed Funding: Maximum $2,000 with no matching requirement;
Matched Funding: Maximum $5,000 with matching funds from another source;
Support Stream: Apply to get access to an educational technology or instructional design specialist for up to 150 hours per year per project. This is a non-cash award, but it’s worth an equivalent of $20,000 that can be used as an in-kind contribution when applying elsewhere for funding.
External Education Scholarship Grant Opportunities
AAMC Group on Education Affairs (GEA) National Grant Award
About the award: The GEA seeks to fund research projects that address important problems or questions in medical education. Proposals that foster collaboration are strongly encouraged. This includes collaborations among GEA sections (UME, GME, CPD), across GEA regions (CGEA, NEGEA, SGEA, WGEA) and/or proposals that engage multiple schools, professions or departments. As a member of the NEGEA, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine faculty members are eligible to apply.
Value: Multiple projects may be funded each year up to $10,000 each up to a two-year grant period. The number of proposals funded per year will depend upon the GEA budget and proposal quality.
CAME Wooster Family Grant in Medical Education
About the Grant: CAME offers four grants to support new and innovative scholarly projects in Health Professions Education to learners and faculty at all stages. Projects that are not part of larger, formalized and funded education research program are eligible for funding.
Value: The maximum available funds per application are $5000, which can be spread over 12 months of support. There is a maximum of $20,000.00 in funds across the four grants.
Canadian Association of Emergency Physician’s (CAEP) Research Grant
About the Grant: Physicians, fellows, and residents working in diverse academic, non-academic, community, and rural settings are encouraged to submit Research Grant Proposals. The Principal Investigator (PI) and Supervisor (for Residents and Fellows only) must be current CAEP members.
Value: There are 3 categories of grants available ranging from $5000-$10000.
Gold Foundation Research Institute – Mapping the Landscape, Journeying Together
About the Grant: Offers funding to conduct literature reviews related to humanistic care/education.
Value: up to $5000 (USD)
Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Research in Clinical Assessment Grant
About the Grant: This intended to support innovations in the assessment of clinical competence or performance of students, postgraduate trainees or practitioners. Priority will be given to proposals that show promise in contributing to the knowledge and understanding of measurement in clinical assessment and to clinical program evaluation methods for medical education. The proposal must focus on research, not development, in the assessment of performance or clinical assessment.
Value: up to $37,500 per year
The PSI Foundation
About the Grant: There are a number of opportunities available, including education and health research grants, a new investigator grant, an education fellowship for practicing physicians and a new grant in mental health research.
Value: Variable depending on funding stream
Royal College Medical Education Grant
About the Grant: This grant is intended to support quality research in Canada that will advance the field of postgraduate medical education or continuing professional development. Applicants must be involved in teaching and/or medical education research in Canada. Applications may be individual or joint, involving one or more departments, disciplines, or faculties of medicine. It is not necessary to be a Fellow of the Royal College or a physician; however, a Fellow of the Royal College must contribute to the research project.
Royal College Professional Development Funding Opportunities
About this funding: The Royal College supports continuing professional development and professional practice. These grants support medical educators, clinicians and researchers working across a range of disciplines, health settings and environments. These funding opportunities include travelling fellowships that support national and international travel to centres of excellence, and development grants to support accredited activities, including a grant dedicated to self-assessment and simulation (Section 3) activity development. All professional development funding is restricted to Fellows (with some open to senior residents who will be eligible for Fellowship during the funding period).
Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) – Phil R. Manning Research Award
About the Grant: This grant is to support original, scientific research related to physician and/or health professional lifelong learning. Recipients must be members of SACME.
Value: provides up to $50,000 (USD) over 2 years
The Spencer Foundation
About the Grant: This organization is largely US-based has some grants are open to Canadian applicants. The Foundation is committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.
Value: Variable depending on funding stream
Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund
About the Grant: This opportunity provides support for research or development of innovative assessment approaches that will enhance the evaluation of those preparing to, or continuing to, practice medicine.
Value: up to $150,000 (USD) for up to two years.
Other ways to find funding
Pivot is a database of funding opportunities. The database provides a list of funding opportunities as based on your departmental appointments, research interests, publication and granting history, and other profile information. https://pivot.cos.com/funding_main
Tri-council funding Information on CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC funding can be found on the University of Toronto Research and Innovation website. http://www.research.utoronto.ca/
Please also check with your hospital and academic departments for discipline specific opportunities.