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Funding from Physician Services Inc. Foundation (PSIF)

This webpage is meant to serve as a repository of information and help files about funding programs from the Physician Services Inc. Foundation (PSIF). PSIF provides health research grants with an emphasis on research relevant to patient care. Only Ontario MDs and medical residents are eligible to apply for funding.

Most PSIF grants do not have application deadlines. The PSIF internal review committee will consider all applications within 6 months of submission, and funding decisions are sent within 10 business days of the internal review.

Applications to PSIF are submitted online. For more information, please see the information below or visit the PSIF website.


Webpage Overview


Summary of Funding Programs 

Type of Grant

Focus

Funding Overview

Eligibility Information

Help Files

Health Research Grant (HRG)

Funds health research in three areas (listed by priority)

  1. Clinical research

  2. Medical education at the post-M.D. level

  3. Health systems research

Amount: Up to $100,000 per year

Duration: Up to 2 years

Areas of non-support: In this funding stream, PSIF will NOT fund research on:

Eligible PIs:

  • A college of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario licensed M.D. with an academic appointment

  • A fellow who is a College of physicians & Surgeons of Ontario M.D., and who has a supervising co-PI on the project with an academic appointment

Non-eligible applicants:

  • Residents

  • PIs without an M.D.

  • Graduate students or trainees

  • Investigators outside of Ontario

Resident Research Grant (RRG)

Funds health research projects initiated by a medical resident in three areas (listed by priority)

  1. Clinical research

  2. Medical education at the post-M.D. level

  3. Health systems research

 

Amount: Up to $20,000 total

Duration: Up to 2 years

Eligible Residents: Residents must meet EACH of the following criteria:

  1. Salary as a resident is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-term Care

  2. Registered in a recognized program leading to certification by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, or the College of Family Physicians. Residents in Royal College programs by accreditation without certification are also eligible.

  3. Registered as a post-graduate student at the university where residency training is being taken

Eligible Supervisors:

  • Must be a College of Physicians and Surgeons licensed M.D. with an academic appointment

Non-Eligible Applicants :

  • Applicants whose residency will end prior to the project end date

  • PIs who hold a Ph.D. but not an MD

  • Residents based outside of Ontario

New Investigator Grant (NIG)

Funds health research by a new investigator in three areas (listed in area of priority)

  1. Clinical research

  2. Medical education at the post-M.D. level

  3. Health systems research

Amount: Up to $250,000 total (no more than $100,000 in any one year)

Duration: Up to 3 years

Areas of non-support: In this funding stream, PSIF will NOT fund research on:

Letters of Support: Letters of support are required from:

  • Applicant's mentor

  • The Department/Division Head at Queen's.

Eligible PIs:

  • A college of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario licensed M.D. within five years of their first academic appointment

  • A fellow who is a College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario M.D., and who has a supervising co-PI on the project with an academic appointment

Ineligible Applicants:

  • Investigators whose first academic appointment was more than five years ago

  • Residents

  • PIs without an M.D.

  • Graduate students or trainees

  • Investigators outside of Ontario

Mental Health Research Grant (MHRG)

Funds clinically-relevant research directed at the identification, assessment, prevention and/or treatment of mental disorders.

Amount: Up to $100,000 per year

Duration: Up to 2 years

Eligible PIs:

  • Must hold a valid medical license in the province of Ontario

  • Hold an academic appointment at Queen's University

  • NB - Queen's is only able to submit 2 applications to PSI. These applications are selected after an internal review process (see submission process).

 

 


Submission Process

Health Research Grant (HRG) & New Investigator Grant (NIG)

  1. PI submits a TRAQ DSS. The TRAQ must include a draft of the proposal & budget/budget justification. Hospital-based research projects must also include the Hospital Departmental Impact & Information Form (mandatory). For clarification about whether your research is considered hospital-based & other questions, please see this FAQ.
    • Hospital-based research: TRAQ DSS must be submitted at least 15 business days before PI intends to submit their application to PSIF (see hospital-based research TRAQ checklist). 
    • Research that is not hospital-based: TRAQ DSS must be submitted at least 5 business days before PI intends to submit their application to PSIF (see TRAQ checklist).
  2. PI completes the PSI signature sheet (see example).
    • Dr. Roger Deeley signs on behalf of the "Dean/Vice-Dean of Research of Sponsoring Institution". Contact Ms. Gladys Smith (gladys.smith@queensu.ca) to coordinate sign-off with Dr. Deeley.
    • To obtain the signature from the "Grant Administrator of Sponsoring Institution" from University Research Services, proceed to step 3.
  3. PI emails Kristina Arseneau (k.arseneau@queensu.ca) the completed signature sheet at least 5 business days before they intend to submit the application to PSI. She will obtain sign-off from at University Research Services.
     
  4. PI submits the finalized PSIF application via the PSIF online application portal.

Resident Research Grant (RRG)

  1. Resident's SUPERVISOR submits a TRAQ DSS. The TRAQ must include a draft of the proposal & budget/budget justification. Hospital-based research projects must also include the Hospital Departmental Impact & Information Form (mandatory). For clarification about whether your research is considered hospital-based & other questions, please see this FAQ.
    • Hospital-based research: TRAQ DSS must be submitted at least 15 business days before resident intends to submit their application to PSIF (see hospital-based research TRAQ checklist). 
    • Research that is not hospital-based: TRAQ DSS must be submitted at least 5 business days before resident intends to submit their application to PSIF (see TRAQ checklist).
  2. Resident or supervisor completes the PSI signature sheet (see example).
    • Dr. Roger Deeley signs on behalf of the "Dean/Vice-Dean of Research of Sponsoring Institution". Contact Ms. Gladys Smith (gladys.smith@queensu.ca) to coordinate sign-off with Dr. Deeley.
    • To obtain the signature from the "Grant Administrator of Sponsoring Institution" from University Research Services, proceed to step 3.
  3. Resident or supervisor emails Kristina Arseneau (k.arseneau@queensu.ca) the completed signature sheet at least 5 business days before resident intends to submit your application to PSI. She will obtain sign-off from at University Research Services.
     
  4. Resident submits the finalized PSIF application via the PSIF online application portal.

Mental Health Research Grant (MHRG)

  • PSI only allows Queen's to forward up to 2 applications for the competition. As such, there is an internal review process facilitated by the Faculty of Health Sciences to select the applications.
  • Interested investigators should complete the PSI - Mental Health LOI and the Confirmation of Eligibility forms (Net ID & password required), and send both to gladys.smith@queensu.ca by Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Two LOIs will be selected, and the PIs will be invited to submit a full application to PSI. The full application deadline is Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Additional Resources

PSIF FAQs

Grant Writing Resources

  • For grant writing resources and information about knowledge translation, please see the URS Resources webpage.

TRAQ Resources

Completing the TRAQ DSS Form for Hospital-Based Research

Additional Information & Resources for Hospital-Based Research

Completing the TRAQ DSS Form for Research that is not Hospital-Based


Contacts

PSIF Contact

Telephone: (416) 226-6323
Email: psif@psifoundation.org

URS Contact

Kristina Arseneau, Ph.D.
Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 79707
Email: k.arseneau@queensu.ca

Last Updated: January 23, 2017