Research Opportunity – PSI Foundation grants for Healthcare Research by Community Physicians

The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of primary health care research. Among the areas of interest are patient-centred care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, community and population health, health services and systems, and medical education.

As we continue to embrace a cohesive vision of research, quality improvement and scholarly activity in Family Medicine, we are dedicated to supporting, assisting and enhancing faculty members' participation in such activities.

Community faculty who are interested in pursuing research are invited to attend Resident Project Day, held on Wednesday, June 12, at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, and to sit in on the scholarly oral presentations showcased by our residents.

The Department will host a separate information session for interested faculty over lunch, with a special guest presenter from the Physicians’ Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation.

Community faculty interested in pursuing research are encouraged to consider a grant opportunity available through the Physicians’ Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation.

The Grants for Healthcare Research by Community Physicians aim to assist physicians practicing in a community setting to undertake a review of their practice patterns with the goal of enhancing effectiveness of practice and patient care in their own clinic, hospital or region.

Grants of up to $20,000 are available to cover the costs of the data gathering and analysis, support staff and preparation of reports. Up to an additional $500 will be provided for travel costs incurred in presenting papers on the results of a community practice study.

It is important to note that grant funds cannot be paid directly to a physician, and therefore arrangements must be made with a hospital or other charitable institution in the community to administer the grant. PSI asks that each application include a letter from the appropriate person at the hospital or institution administering the grant, and that the authorized officer of the hospital or institution also sign the application.

Evidence of approval of the local review committee for research ethics is required as applicable. A formal approval form from the local research ethics committee must be provided to the Foundation before funds can be released on a grant.

The PSI Foundation no longer has deadlines. You may submit an application at any time. For more information, and a detailed explanation of how to apply for a Healthcare Research by Community Physicians grant, visit the PSI website.