Frequently Asked Questions

For Applicants

What does the foundation do?

We’re a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding medical research, operating grants, and supporting hands-on education and training for practising physicians.

Who can apply for support?

Physicians in the province of Ontario can apply for support. Please see our Guidelines for more information.

Am I eligible to receive a grant?

In order to receive a grant, you must:

  • Be a resident located in Ontario
  • Hold a valid medical license
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When and how can I apply for funding?

We have four granting cycles annually, and applicants will receive their results within six months of submission. Please see application procedures for more information.

When will I learn the results of my application?

Our Grants Committee will consider your application within six months of submission, and we work to release all funding decisions within 10 business days of the internal review committee meeting date.

How will I learn of the results of my application?

We will email a grant offer or decline letter to the address listed on your application. Results are also posted on the website.

Applicant Procedures

How do I apply?

All applications are made available using our online application system.

Exceptions:

  • an application for our Educational Fellowship can be submitted via email at any time
  • see specific details about submissions for the PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship, Mental Health Research grant, and Research Trainee Award.
What are your CV requirements?

Each CV should include two mandatory components:

  • Limit all relevant information like education, appointments, committees, etc. to three pages
  • Include a list of publications, presentations, grants received, etc. for the past 5 years only.
Who is the Grant Administrator?

The Grant Administrator is the individual from the sponsoring institution’s research finance office who will receive and administer the funds, and ensure the institution follows the Foundation’s financial criteria.

Are scanned applications allowed?

The Foundation does not accept scanned copies of applications. The only exception will be made if one or two components of an application require scanning.

As electronic signatures are now being accepted, we acknowledge that this page will need to be scanned.

When should my start date be?

Your proposed start date should be approximately 6 months after submission as you will receive a funding decision within 6 months. For example, an application received in March should have a start date no earlier than September and no later than the following March.

Can either I or a co-investigator be paid from this grant?

No, an individual cannot be paid personnel and also be named as a principal investigator/applicant, co-investigator, or collaborator.

Can a resident or student be named as a co-PI, co-investigator, collaborator?

No.

Can a resident or medical student be paid personnel on a Foundation funded grant?

No.

For Grantees

What do I do after I receive a grant offer letter?

The grant offer letter will outline required documentation before any funds can be released. Upon receiving the required documents, we will release funds to the sponsoring institution indicated on the application.

What do I do when my study is over?

The Foundation requires a final accounting statement from the sponsoring institution, a completed Final Report form, and PDF copies of all publications resulting from your grant.

How do I acknowledge the Foundation’s support in publications and presentations?

Please download our logo for use in presentations and acknowledge physician funding support by the PSI Foundation in all publications.

See Grant Recipient Guidelines
How do I know what the Foundation expects from me?

We will provide a Guidelines for Grant Recipients document outlining requirements. Briefly, the Foundation expects a final accounting statement from the sponsoring institution, a completed Final Report form, and PDFs of all abstracts and publications.

What if my question is not answered here?

Please call our office at (416) 226-6323 or email us at psif@psifoundation.org

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