Education Research/Scholarship Grants

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)

URL: http://www.facmed.utoronto.ca/about-faculty-medicine/education-vice-deans-education-development-fund

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.

URL: https://www.itif.utoronto.ca/

External Education Scholarship Grant Opportunities

CAME Wooster Family Grant in Medical Education

About the Grant: This grant is meant to support new and innovative projects in medical education that are not part of a larger, formalized and funded education research program. Applicants must be CAME members.

Value: Up to $10,000 per project.

URL: http://www.came-acem.ca/awards_wooster_grant_en.php

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.

URL: http://caep.ca/CAEPGrantCompetition

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)

URL: http://www.gold-foundation.org/programs/research/mtl/rfp-lr/?platform=hootsuite

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

URL: http://mcc.ca/about/research-and-development/research-clinical-assessment/

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

URL: http://www.psifoundation.org/ForApplicants/ApplicationForms.php

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.

Value: $5000-50,000

URL: http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/awards-grants/research-funding/medical-education-research-grant-e

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

URL: https://sacme.wildapricot.org/SACME_Grants

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

URL: http://www.spencer.org/

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.

URL: http://www.nbme.org/research/stemmler.html

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.