Art of the Possible Education Scholarship Grants

AOP poster - Sherylan Young at FMF 2019

The OES is here to help you with your AOP application!

These two-year grants can provide up to $5,000 per project.

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 Art of the Possible (AOP) Education Scholarship Grant Program, offered by the Office of Education Scholarship (OES), provides seed grants to support education scholarship projects that will benefit one of the DFCM programs or divisions (Undergraduate Education, Postgraduate Education, Graduate Studies, Faculty Development, Quality Improvement, Global Health, Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care, Care of the Elderly, Mental Health & Addiction, Clinical Public Health, Hospital Medicine).

This is an ideal opportunity for faculty members who are new to education scholarship. This program is designed to support applicants from idea to dissemination, providing consultations, faculty development events, and application writing support. This program requires program director/division head approval before applications are moved forward for adjudication. These two-year grants can provide up to $5,000 per project.

The OES is here to help you with your AOP application. We can provide consultations as you formulate your idea, or at any stage of the process. If you are thinking about applying, request a virtual chat to help you get started, or a more in-depth consultation.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the OES at

Application Process

  • Read this webpage carefully, particularly the section on 'Eligibility and Team Member Roles.'
  • Consultations are available with OES team members throughout the application process. Request an informal chat or an in-depth consultation.
    • Draft applications are due Friday, February 23, 2024, 11:59 pm. This step gives applicants an opportunity to complete the AOP application and receive feedback and consultation before the final deadline. 
    • Program director/division head’s written approval for the project idea must be included with the February 23 draft application submission
    • Applicants must receive at least one consultation before submission of their draft application.
    • Applicants must schedule a consultation to discuss feedback on their draft application before proceeding to final submission.
  • Final applications: See "Applications and Templates" section below. Final applications are due Friday, May 3, 2024, 11:59 pm. The DFCM Education Grant Committee will adjudicate the applications and decision letters will be sent to applicants in late May.

Important Dates

Draft applications are due Friday, February 23, 2024, 11:59 pm. 

  • Consultation is required before submission of draft application

Friday, May 3, 2024, 11:59 pm – Deadline for submission of final application

  • CVs of project leads and co-leads are required with the final application form submission

late May – Decision letters sent to applicants

Possible Projects

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

  • 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.
  • Projects related to the scholarship of application: drawing the connection between research and practice, developing new intellectual understandings through clinical or educational practice.
  • 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.
  • 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.

*Boyer EL. Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate. Princeton University Press, 3175 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648;1990 Dec 3.

Eligibility and Team Member Roles

Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator:

  • Must hold a primary faculty appointment with the DFCM as a full-time or part-time clinical member of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, and be engaged in DFCM educational activities (teaching or the development and delivery of our educational programs). Members of any academic rank (lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor or full professor) are eligible to apply. Adjunct faculty may only participate as collaborators.
  • Must receive their program director or division head’s written support to pursue this application (a brief email is sufficient). Funded projects are intended to align with program/division priorities. A list of email addresses for program directors and division heads can be found below.


  • Any individual who will contribute to the work of the project team may be included as a collaborator; however, only DFCM faculty are eligible to be principal or co-principal investigators. Office of Education Scholarship faculty may only be included as collaborators or senior advisors.
  • Exceptions:
    • Residents may be included as collaborators. Please note that an AOP proposal may include a DFCM resident project as a component of the overall proposal, with the understanding that the faculty member is the named principal investigator of the overall project.
    • Those who are being compensated for providing services within the project budget may not be listed on the project team (e.g. research assistants, consultants).

Senior Advisor:

  • Office of Education Scholarship faculty may only be included as collaborators or senior advisors. Please do not add consultants or mentors to the project team unless you have their consent to do so.

Applications and Templates

FINAL application (due Friday, May 3, 2024, 11:59 pm) will be submitted online.

  • Email Rachel Ellis at for your personal link to the online application form.
  • You may choose to download this Word-version worksheet to help you draft your final application before entering your responses on the online form.
  • NOTE: Principal and Co-Principal Investigators are required to submit their CV with the final application form.

Budget Guide

Budget template 

Timeline template


  • Will be provided for two years, effective Jul 2024, 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 submission (If required, the project lead may request a portion of funds to be advanced to allow for a research assistant to support the REB application.)
    • Project lead and co-lead(s) 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 a local conference and submit an abstract to a national conference. We encourage further dissemination where possible.

Note Regarding Hospital Research Ethics Boards

If you have applied for research ethics approval through your hospital research ethics board, you may be required to complete a data transfer agreement before your research assistant can begin work. This will depend on your hospital’s policies, and how your RA was hired. Please check with your hospital research ethics board to learn how their policies may affect your project. For ease of access of funds, it is recommended that you administer the grant, including primary research ethics approval, research assistant hiring, and other expenses/activities, through the University of Toronto. You may still require additional ethics approval from your local site but the primary approver is recommended to be the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board.

DFCM Program Directors/Division Heads

Program/Division Request support from  

Undergraduate Education

Dr. Azi Moaveni

Postgraduate Education

Dr. Stuart Murdoch

Graduate Studies

Dr. Abbas Ghavam-Rassoul

Faculty Development

Dr. Allyson Merbaum

Global Health

Dr. Katherine Rouleau

Quality Improvement

Dr. Tara Kiran

Palliative Care

Dr. Kirsten Wentlandt

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Megan Landes

Care of the Elderly

Dr. Sid Feldman

Mental Health & Addictions

Dr. Nikki Bozinoff

Clinical Public Health

Dr. Ross Upshur

Hospital Medicine

Dr. Christine Soong

Funded Projects from Previous Cycle

Date Project Lead(s) Site Project Title

2021 – 2024

KitShan Lee (PI)
Samantha Green (Co-PI)

Michael Garron Hospital

The health impacts of climate change: investigating UofT DFCM  Faculty knowledge, attitudes, and advocacy activities

2021 – 2024

Milena Markovski (PI)

Lana Kiehn (Co-PI)

Southlake Regional Health Centre

A Qualitative Analysis of Resident and Teacher Perceptions to Inform the Design of a Preceptor Field Note
at the Southlake Family Medicine Teaching Unit

2021 – 2024

Kim Lazare

North York General Hospital

Teaching Behavioural Medicine to Family Medicine Resident at the University of Toronto: A Needs Assessment


2021 – 2024

Deanna Telner (PI)
Heather MacNeill (Co-PI)

Michael Garron Hospital

Evaluating educational technology needs in health professional education.

2021 – 2024

Sherylan Young

Sunnybrook Health Science Centre

Effect of an integrated learning e-module on family medicine clinical clerkship education: a pilot study.