CPD Research and Development Grants Program

Grants up to a maximum of $5,000 are awarded to fund research relevant to the mission of CPD at University of Toronto. The grants are intended to support research and scholarly activities focused on the continuing professional development of practicing healthcare professionals. Continuing professional development (CPD) encompasses varied educational and developmental activities which licensed, practicing healthcare professionals undertake to maintain and enhance their knowledge, skills, performance and relationships in the provision of health care.

Research and scholarly activities aimed at undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate or fellowship programs or learners are not eligible for funding through this grant.

The CPD Research & Development Grants support projects that either directly relate to the planning, implementation, and delivery of continuing education for health professionals (educational innovation and development), the evaluation of those projects (program evaluation) or projects that generate new knowledge in these areas (research projects). Collaboration amongst health professions is encouraged. Projects that seek to evaluate a CPD program should demonstrate relevance to other CPD programs and this connection should be explicitly stated in the application.

Apply for the CPD Research and Development Grant

Application Deadline

October 30, 2019

(Please note that this grant will be adjudicated only once annually starting in the Fall of 2019)


Please contact Morag Paton, CPD Education Research Coordinator at morag.paton@utoronto.ca or

CPD Research and Development Grant Recipients:

June 2019

  • Simulation Training for Implementing an Opioid De-implementation Clinical Pathway

    Rosa Dragonetti, Department of Family and Community Medicine. Co-Applicant: Dr. Peter Selby. Collaborator: Dr. Latika Nirula

December 2018

  • “Simulation as a CPD Strategy: A Scoping Review”
    Dr. Dominique Piquette, Department of Medicine.

  • “Best Practices in Medicine: Evaluating the Impact of a Personalized audit and feedback portfolio on health care practitioners resource utilization”
    Dr. Rishi Seth, Department of Medicine. Co-applicants: Victor Tron, Ajay Kapur, Donna Arab-O’Brien

  • “Exploring unintended impact of CPD: Using a Utilization-Focused evaluation approach to inform program decision”
    Dr. Kathryn Parker, Department of Paediatrics. Co-applicants: Daniela Bellicoso, Maria Tassone, Belinda Vilhena, Lynne Sinclair

  • “Raising Awareness, Building Sensitivity, Co-Creating Strategies: An Innovative CPD Curriculum Pilot to Address Weight-Based Discrimination in Healthcare Through Lived Experience Educator Podcasts and Workshop”
    Dr. Ian Zenlea, Department of Paediatrics.

June 2018

  • “Has Safer Opioid Prescribing achieved its intended program objectives: Participation, Satisfaction, Learning, Competence and Performance?”
    Abhimanyu Sud and Kathleen Doukas, Department of Family & Community Medicine

December 2017

  • “Understanding Continuing Professional Mentorship Needs: A Needs Assessment Study to Inform the Development of a Community of Practice”
    Marlene Taube-Schiff, Department of Psychiatry
  • “D2 Lymph Node Dissection Surgical Skills Course with Ongoing Mentoring”
    Natalie Coburn, Department of Surgery
  • “Data and Lifelong Learning (LLL): Understanding Cultural Barriers and Facilitators to Accessing and Using Clinical Performance Data to Support Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – in Radiation Oncology”
    David Wiljer: Department of Psychiatry

June 2017

  • “Anesthesia Minute Multiple Choice Questions (AnMinMCQs)”
    Peter Slinger – Department of Anesthesia

April 2014

  • “Development of Innovative Tools for Teaching, Training, and Fidelity Measurement of a Complex Intervention in Geriatric Mental Health”
    Joel Sadavoy, Virginia Wesson, Mary Chiu, LJ Nelles – Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital

January 2014

  • “An Online Flipped Classroom Experience in Continuing Professional Development”
    Stella Ng – Centre for Faculty Development, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • “Evaluating the Effectiveness of ‘The Rounds Table’, a novel Medical Podcast for Continuing Professional Education”
    Fahad Razak and Amol Verma – Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • “The Future of Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development in Psychiatry: How can they co-exist?”
    Sanjeev Sockalingam – Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • “Evaluating an Approach to the Competency-based Training and Assessment of Non-technical Skills in Surgical Residency”
    Teodor Grantcharov – Division of General Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital

September 2013

  • “Educating Clinicians on Critical IV Push Infusion Concepts Using Novel Visual and Interactive Training”
    Anthony Easty – Toronto General Hospital

April 2013

  • “Through the Eyes of the Beholder: Understanding physicians’ concepts of childhood obesity”
    Nicole Woods and Maria Mylopoulos – The Wilson Centre
  • “Traumatic Brain Injury and Homelessness: The educational needs of homeless shelter care providers”
    Jane Topolevec-Vranic – St. Michael’s Hospital

January 2013

  • “An Evaluation of Meaningful Family Involvement and Participation within the Online Course: Collaborating with families affected by concurrent disorders”
    David Wiljer – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • “Barriers to the Uptake of Surgical Telementoring: The perspectives of Canadian general surgeons”
    Allan Okrainec – Toronto Western Hospital

September 2012

  • “Neonatal Experience in Resuscitation for our Department (NERD): A randomized trial of the educational effectiveness of an interprofessional in-situ simulation training intervention compared with a standard clinical observership”
    Nicole Kester-Greene – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • “Stigma and Bipolar Disorder: A novel knowledge translation initiative”
    Sagar Parikh – Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

CPD Awards & Fellowships

Awards Deadline

Deadline for nominations for the previous academic year is November 30 (If November 30 falls on a weekend the deadline will be the following working day).


Vashty Hawkins
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