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Funding from Physician Services Inc. Foundation (PSIF)


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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.


Summary of Funding Programs 

Type of Grant

Focus

Funding Overview

Eligibility Information

Application Guidelines

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  $250,000 (max. $100K in any one year)

Duration: Up to 3 years

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

  • Cancer

  • Heart & Stroke

  • Drug & alcohol abuse

  • Pharmaceutical drug studies

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

Ineligible 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: 

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.

Ineligible Residents: 

Resident Research Grant applications will not be considered from:

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

• Principal Investigators who hold a Ph.D. but not an M.D.

• Resident based outside of Ontario

Eligible Supervisors:

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

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:

  • Cancer

  • Heart & Stroke

  • Drug & alcohol abuse

  • Pharmaceutical drug studies

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

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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 (opens new window)).
  2. PI completes the PSI signature sheet (see example (opens new window)).
    • Dr. Steven Smith 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. Smith.
    • To obtain the signature from the "Grant Administrator of Sponsoring Institution" from University Research Services, proceed to step 3.
  3. PI emails the completed signature sheet to the URS Contact at least 5 business days before they intend to submit the application to PSI. They will obtain sign-off from at University Research Services.
     
  4. PI submits the finalized PSIF application via the PSIF online application portal.​

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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 (opens new window)).
  2. Resident or supervisor completes the PSI signature sheet (see example (opens new window)).
    • Dr. Steven Smith 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. Smith.
    • To obtain the signature from the "Grant Administrator of Sponsoring Institution" from University Research Services, proceed to step 3.
  3. Resident or supervisor emails the completed signature sheet to the URS Contact at least 5 business days before resident intends to submit your application to PSI. They will obtain sign-off from at University Research Services.
     
  4. Resident submits the finalized PSIF application via the PSIF online application portal.

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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

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

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Contacts

PSIF Contact

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

URS Contact:

Jennifer Robinson, Ph.D.
Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services / Faculty of Health Sciences

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 32944
Emailj.robinson@queensu.ca

or

Andrea Hiltz
Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services 

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 33108
Emailahiltz@queensu.ca

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Last Updated: April 15, 2020