Art of the Possible Education Scholarship Grants

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 10, 2023, 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 10 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 are due Friday, March 31, 2023, 11:59 pm. The DFCM Education Grant Committee will adjudicate the applications and decision letters will be sent to applicants in late April.

Important Dates

Friday, February 10, 2023, 11:59 pm – Deadline for submission of draft application
**Consultation is required before submission of draft application

Friday, Mar 31, 2023, 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 April – 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 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 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

DRAFT application form (due Feb 10//23, 11:59 pm) - Program director/division head's written support must be submitted with the draft application form.

FINAL application form (due Mar 31/23, 11:59 pm) - 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 2023, 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

Qualty 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. Peter Selby

Clinical Public Health

Dr. Ross Upshur

Hospital Medicine

Dr. Christine Soong

Funded Projects from Previous Cycle

Project Lead Program Project Title

Dr. Melissa Nutik

Undergraduate Education

Multisource feedback in the Family Medicine clerkship: A pilot evaluation

Dr. Sherylan Young

Undergraduate Education

From Hidden to Formal: The Impact of Formal Clinical Learning Experiences Delivered by Health Professional Educators in Undergraduate Medical Education

Dr. Batya Grundland

Postgraduate Education

Caring, Not Just Curing: Role of Digital Storytelling in Fostering Reflection and Reflective Practice

Dr. Karen Fleming

Postgraduate Education

Developing an effective maternity care eModule for Family Medicine Residents.

Dr. Abbas Ghavam-Rassoul

Graduate Studies

Which components of the INTAPT course are crucial to learner outcomes?

Dr. Renata Leong

Faculty Development

Effectiveness of low cost in situ simulation as a professional development method in office anaphylaxis management

Dr. Megan Landes

Emergency Medicine

A Programme Evaluation of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM)

Dr. Jeremy Rezmovitz

Quality Improvement

Incorporating Quality in Continuing Education Design

Dr. Ahmed Al-Awamer

Palliative Care

Online Bridging Program for International Palliative Care fellows

Dr. Praseedha Janakiram

Global Health

The PGY3 Global Health and Vulnerable Populations Enhanced Skills Year: A qualitative review of alumni trajectory following graduation from the Department of Family and Community Medicine.