Faculty Awards and Funding

Continuing Professional Development administers the following competitions and awards which support and recognize leadership in professional development, innovation and continuing education.

Faculty Development Mini Fellowships

Career development grants up to $5,000 are available to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty members from London, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Campus and Distributed Academies. These grants enable faculty to take advantage of professional development opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge which will enhance their roles as teachers, researchers and administrators.

Priority will be given to applications which:

  • clearly demonstrate anticipated benefit to the applicant's roles in their department / division, and Schulich Medicine & Dentistry;
  • are supported by additional funds from the applicant's department / division or Schulich Medicine & Dentistry;
  • align with the strategic directions of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

The Fall 2020 competition will open Monday, February 1, 2021, and close Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Submit application components to cpd@schulich.uwo.ca in a single PDF file, subject line: "Mini Fellowship Fall 2020 Application". Application components required to be included in the submission can be found in the application guidelines.

Application Guidelines & Components

Budget Template

If you have questions about the application process, or if you wish to view examples of previously successful applications, email Megan Baxter ( megan.baxter@schulich.uwo.ca) or call 519.661.2111 x.85125 to book an appointment.

CPD Innovation & Research Grant

The CPD Innovation & Research Grant (CPD IRG) is intended to support scholarly activities and research relevant to the strategic directions of Continuing Professional Development at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University (CPD Office).

Grants up to $10,000 are available to Schulich faculty to cover applicable costs accrued in the development of CPD-related innovative projects or CPD research. Grants are not intended to cover costs already incurred.

To view the grant guidelines and applicable documentation, view the links below.

CPD IRG Guidelines
Application Checklist
Application Form (Form A)
Abstract (Form B)
Budget Form

The 2020-2021 competition is now open. The deadline to submit applications will be 11:59 PM (EST), May 30, 2021. Funding decisions will be announced by the end of June.

If you have questions about the application process, please email cpd@schulich.uwo.ca.

CPD Innovation & Research Grant Recipients

2019 - 2020 Competition (awarded March 2020):

  • CardioGuide: A Novel Competency-Based Continuing Professional Development Curriculum for Cardiology. Daniel Durocher, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology. Co-Applicants: Atul Jaidka, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology; Pavel Anteperovitch, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
  • Stroke Facts and Clot Busting: An Interactive Online Stroke Learning Platform for South Western Ontario Physicians.  Lauren Mai, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences - Neurology. Co-Applicants: Mary Jenkins, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences - Neurology; Anita Florendo-Cumbermack, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences - Neurology; Courtney Casserly, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences - Neurology
  • Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Adopting Active Learning in Medical Education.  Sarah McLean, Departments of Physiology & Pharmacology and Anatomy & Cell Biology. Co-Applicant: Fabiana Crowley, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Needs Assessment - Perspectives on peri-operative assessment of frailty in older patients undergoing elective surgery. Jenny Thain, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine

Research Grant Writing Resources:

How to write an educational research grant: AMEE Guide No. 101 (Blanco et al., 2015)

10 Tips for Successful Grant Writing (Chasan-Taber, 2018)

Joining a conversation: the problem/gap/hook heuristic (Lingard, 2015)

Schulich Research Office Grant Writing Resources

Awards of Excellence

Awarded annually to recognize and encourage the ongoing development of outstanding contributions in teaching, program development, administration, research or scholarly activity. The following awards are supported by Continuing Professional Development:

  • Schulich Faculty Development Award, $2,000 cash prize
  • Schulich Continuing Medical Education Educator Award, $2,000 cash prize
Schulich Faculty Development Award Recipients 2021

Drs. Chantal Forristal & Julie Kim:

  • Forristal and Kim share the role of Faculty Simulation Co-ordinators for Emergency Medicine and have proven to be instrumental in elevating the opportunities for in-house faculty development, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • They are passionate about education, teaching and research, especially experiential learning including simulation.
  • In response to the pandemic, they developed the Virtual Simulation Curriculum (VSC) involving monthly simulation sessions for emergency medicine faculty.
  • Amit Shah (Nominator) described the VSC as “outstanding in terms of educational quality, faculty and resident participation, post session feedback, knowledge translation to the larger Emergency Medicine group, and concrete interventions for changing our care processes.”

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has additional funding opportunities listed below. The Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) and the Schulich Research Office also offer resources and support for faculty.

Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE)

Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE) grants are intended to facilitate and enable scholarship in education at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. These grants are intended to support full-scale education research projects and pilot projects where there is a plan to collect preliminary data in preparation for a larger upcoming application to an external funding agency. Proposals may involve quantitative and/or qualitative approaches. Proposals for scoping reviews and meta-analyses that are eligible for scientific publication may also be submitted.

Click here to learn more about the FSRE.

Citywide Department of Family Medicine Special Project Fund

Each calendar year, the Citywide Department of Family Medicine may offer to its members two grant competitions for special projects related to improving quality of care within family medicine in London. Each grant will not exceed $7500. Where circumstances warrant, two separate projects of similar merit may be awarded up to the maximum of $7500 per competition. The maximum amount awarded in any calendar year is $15,000. Projects that would be suitable for funding include but are not limited to the following: quality improvement projects, organization of conferences or symposia, program development.

Click here to learn more about the Special Project Fund.