External Funding Opportunities in Medical Education


Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO)

AMOSO, the London Governance Organization that oversees the London Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) Alternate Funding Plan (AFP) for Clinical Academic Physicians, has over $2 million available annually to allocate through its two locally peer reviewed Research Funding Competitions:

1) The AMOSO Opportunities Fund targets new recruits (first five years) and new roles.

2) The AHSC AFP Provincial Innovation Fund targets projects that could result in Clinical Innovation and that could be both translatable and scalable across the Province.

Value: Variable

Physician Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation

The PSI Foundation was established in 1970 by the physicians of Ontario with the original capital of Physicians Services Incorporated, the doctor-sponsored prepaid medical care plan.

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


CAME Wooster Family Grant in Medical Education

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 clinical faculty members in a Canadian faculty of health sciences/medicine (or equivalent), who are members of CAME.

Value: up to $5,000

Canadian Association of Emergency Physician’s (CAEP) Research 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: $2,500-$10,000

College of Family Physicians of Canada Research Grants

These grants support academic and community-based family physician members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in carrying out research projects that meet the changing needs of their patients and communities in Canada. The grants applicable to education research are the Janus Research Grants and the Scholarly Work in Family Medicine Research Grant.

Value: $7,500 to $15,000

Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Research in Clinical Assessment 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

Royal College Medical Education Grant

This grant supports quality research in Canada that will advance the field of postgraduate medical education or continuing professional development. Applicants must be involved in teaching 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

Royal College Professional Development Funding Opportunities

The Royal College supports continuing professional development and professional practice. These grants support medical educators, clinicians and researchers working across a range of disciplines, health settings and environments. These funding opportunities include travelling fellowships that support national and international travel to centres of excellence, and development grants to support accredited activities, including a grant dedicated to self-assessment and simulation (Section 3) activity development. All professional development funding is restricted to Fellows (with some open to senior residents who will be eligible for Fellowship during the funding period).

Value: Variable

Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Please note that only eligible institutions — and not individual researchers — may submit a proposal to the CFI. CFI encourages researchers to contact their institutional research office to learn more about internal application processes.

Call for Proposals: See website

Tri-Council of Canada Funding

The Tri-Council of Canada consists of three major funding agencies: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Rsearch Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Within each funding tier, there are multiple grant programs.


Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) – Phil R. Manning Research Award

This grant is to support original, scientific research related to physician and/or health professional lifelong learning. Recipients must be members of SACME.

Value: up to $50,000 (USD) over 2 years

Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) – Research Idea Grant

Up to two grants will be awarded for research projects related to fostering behaviour change through inter-professional and team-based education. The principal investigator must be a SACME member in good standing to be eligible for the grant.

Value: $3750 (USD)

The Spencer Foundation

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

Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund

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 2 years

National Institutes of Health

NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world and they offer multiple programs.

Call for Proposals: See website