What funding programs are applicable to you?

I'm a(n)
resident
clinical fellow
new investigator*
established investigator**
community physician***
in Ontario with a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario licenced M.D., looking for
an operating grant
salary support
educational support
  • *Physicians within five years of their first academic appointment
  • **Physicians with at least five years of academic appointment
  • ***Physicians practising in a community setting, including those residing outside of the major teaching centres

Operating Grants

Health Research

There is no deadline for health research grants; PSI accepts grant applications on an ongoing basis. Applicants can expect a decision within 6 months.

Clinical Research

A top funding priority for PSI, the clinical research grant is open to Post M.D. physicians looking to conduct research which is of direct relevance to patient care. Funding is up to a maximum of $100,000 per year, for a maximum of two years.

Medical Education Research at the Post M.D. Level

Funding is available for support of research designed to assess the post M.D. educational environment such as curricula, methods, and teaching resources. Funding is up to a maximum of $100,000 per year, for a maximum of two years.

Health Systems Research

The Health Systems research grant funds projects of a special nature within the healthcare system, such as preventative medicine, care of the elderly, communications within the system, underserviced regions, and ways of enhancing the effectiveness of medical practice will be considered under this category. Funding is up to a maximum of $100,000 per year, for a maximum of two years.

New Investigator

The New Investigator funding stream offers researchers the ability to apply for three years of funding, as opposed to the standard two years, and a total amount of $250,000 (maximum of $100,000 in any one year). This funding stream is only available to clinical fellows or clinician researchers within the first 5 years of his or her first academic appointment.

Resident Research

Resident Research Grants are concise health research projects, which have been largely developed by the Resident. A resident project’s maximum duration is two years, with a maximum amount of $20,000. The majority of the work involved in completing the research must be done by the resident who will be referred to as the Principal Investigator of the project. The project must be supervised by a physician with an academic appointment.

To be eligible to apply for a Resident Research Grant, the Resident must have PGY status as per the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The restriction whereby PSI will not consider applications for research within the areas of cancer, heart and stroke, and mental health does not apply to resident research projects.

Mental Health Research (New in 2016)

Mental Health Funding Stream

This funding stream’s aim is to fund clinically relevant research directed at the identification, assessment, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders. Grantee can receive up to a maximum of $100,000 per year, for a maximum of two years.

Who can apply?
Eligible applicants must hold:

  • a valid medical license in the province of Ontario
  • an academic appointment at one of Ontario’s six academic health sciences centres

How to apply?
Our 2018 competition closed. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the application process for 2019 Mental Health Competition.

Healthcare Research by Community Physicians

To assist physicians practicing in a community setting to undertake a review of their practice patterns which would enhance effectiveness of practice and patient care in their own clinic, hospital, or region. Grants up to $20,000 are available.

Salary Support

PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship

The PSI Graham Farquharson Fellowship is intended to provide salary support for a new investigator who has demonstrated the ability to successfully complete high impact knowledge translation research. The Fellowship funds, dedicated to salary support, must protect at least 50% of the Fellow’s time to conduct such research.

Important
Applications must be received from the institution (not from applicant themselves). Applicants should contact their medical university for further information on how to apply.

About Graham Farquharson

Mr. Farquharson joined the PSI Foundation’s Board of Directors in 1996 and served as the Chair of the Finance Committee in 2007. He retired from PSI in 2013, and it is our distinct pleasure to name this prestigious fellowship after him.

A Toronto resident and the President of Strathcona Mineral Services Limited, Mr. Farquharson was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2010 for his many accolades stemming from his 50-year career.

He has made substantial financial commitments in support of medical research, including funding the Anna-Lisa Farquharson Chairs in Kidney Cancer at Princess Margaret Hospital and Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto – the first such endeavour in Canadian Kidney Cancer research.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta, a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University, and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Research Trainee Award

The primary aim of this fellowship is to provide highly qualified Medical Doctors (M.D.) with clinically applicable research training opportunities and support. Applicants must be an M.D. in a Ph.D. or MSc. Program at an Ontario university or in a combined M.D./Ph.D. or MSc. Program at an Ontario university.

Important
Applications must be received from the institution (not from applicant themselves). Applicants should contact their medical university for further information on how to apply.

Educational Support

Educational Fellowship For Practicing Physicians

This fellowship is directed at physicians in Ontario, particularly those residing outside of the teaching centres, who wish to take a period of training to bring a needed clinical skill or knowledge to the community or to undertake training in research methodology.

The fellowship provides course fees, if any, transportation, room, and board costs. Funds are not provided to replace income lost while undertaking a training program and the program is not designed to assist physicians taking refresher courses.

Applications will be considered for support of physicians who have undertaken training courses that commenced up to three months prior to the time the application is considered.

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