"Art of the Possible" Education Scholarship Grants 2018

“The uniqueness of our discipline lies in its focus of application.  It is the academic study of the art of the possible…”

Dr. Fred Fallis, former DFCM Chair


The Office of Education Scholarship (OES) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) is pleased to offer seed grants in support of proposed projects that will enhance education scholarship within the department. The OES is available to support faculty members throughout the application process. To request a consultation, email the OES at dfcm.edscholarship@utoronto.ca.  

Possible Projects

Examples of possible projects based on Boyer’s categories of education scholarship*:

  1. Projects related to the scholarship of teaching: transforming or extending knowledge of teaching and learning processes; building bridges between the teacher’s knowledge and the student’s understanding. These often include innovative ways of teaching or program evaluation projects.
  2. Projects related to the scholarship of application: drawing the connection between research and practice, developing new intellectual understandings through clinical or educational practice.
  3. Projects related to the scholarship of integration: making connections across disciplines; illuminating data in a revealing way; fitting one’s own research, or the research of others, into larger intellectual patterns; or to interpret, draw together, and bring new insight to bear on original research. These often include interprofessional collaboration and the notion of interdisciplinary work.
  4. Projects related to the scholarship of discovery: contributing new knowledge and advancing the discipline of academic family medicine. These projects are usually referred to as “research” and must include a specific research question, objectives and hypotheses.

Primary Applicants

  • must have their program director/division head’s support to pursue this application. The following DFCM programs/divisions are eligible: Undergraduate Education, Postgraduate Education, Graduate Studies, Faculty Development, Global Health, Quality Improvement, Palliative Care and Emergency Medicine. Funded projects are intended to be in line with program/division priorities.
  • must hold a primary faculty appointment with the DFCM as a full-time clinical or part-time clinical member of the Faculty of Medicine.  Members of any academic rank (lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor or full professor) are eligible to apply. Adjunct clinical faculty members can act as a collaborator on a grant held by a full-time or part-time faculty member.
  • must be a faculty member engaged in educational activities (such as education scholarship or the development and delivery of our educational programs) in/of the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Faculty members may apply as an individual or as part of a team.

Application Process

1) First Steps: Applicants are asked to contact Rachel Ellis at the OES with notice of their intent to apply (dfcm.edscholarship@utoronto.ca). Consultations are available with OES team members throughout this application process and we strongly encourage all applicants to arrange for a consultation.

2) Program director/division head approval: Each applicant must send their program director/division head’s written approval for the project to the OES at dfcm.edscholarship@utoronto.ca by January 12, 2018.

3) PeArLS Session: Applicants will have the opportunity to present their ideas for discussion at Personally Arranged Learning Session (PeArLS) being held on the afternoon of January 30, 2018.  Small and large group formats will be used to provide an enjoyable and relaxed opportunity to brainstorm, collaborate and refine project ideas in a safe and supportive setting. Attendance is not required, however we strongly encourage all applicants to attend this session.

4) Applications are due April 27, 2018 at noon.  Applications will require a detailed description of the project including executive summary, background, rationale and perceived educational gap or need, objectives, project description, expected outcomes, budget, timeline and reference list. The DFCM Education Grant Committee will adjudicate the applications and funding announcements will be released May 24, 2018. Applicants who receive conditional approval for their projects will be given until July 3, 2018 to revise and resubmit their proposals. 


  • will be provided for two years, effective July 1, 2018, and is non-renewable.
  • will be provided to a maximum of $5000 per project.
  • will be released when the following terms have been satisfied:
    • Project lead provides confirmation of ethics review board approval (If required, the project lead may request a portion of funds be advanced to allow for a research assistant to support the REB application.)
    • Project lead and all team members have completed the online tutorial TCPS2:CORE (Course on Research Ethics)
    • Project lead agrees to be the primary contact for the project, and to take responsibility for the overall project design, development, budgetary oversight and completion.
    • Project lead agrees to provide interim reports and participate in progress report presentations at Office of Education Scholarship faculty development events.
    • Project lead agrees to present a poster on their project at the DFCM Conference and submit an abstract to a national conference.  We encourage further dissemination where possible.

Important Dates

Nov 23/17 - Consultation service open for AOP applicants

Jan 12/18 - Deadline for applicants to obtain written approval from program director/division head and forward it to the OES office at dfcm.edscholarship@utoronto.ca

Jan 30/18 - Celebration of Education Scholarship event and PeArLS sessions

Apr 27/18 - Deadline for applications

May 24/18 - Decision letters sent to applicants

Questions related to the “The Art of the Possible” education scholarship grants may be directed to the OES at dfcm.edscholarship@utoronto.ca or to your program director.

*Boyer E. Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professorate (Princeton, NJ: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1990); Charles E. Glassick, Mary Taylor Huber, and Gene I. Maeroff. Scholarship Assessed: Evaluation of the Professoriate. 1997:13-8.

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