Resources for Researchers archived

DFCM provides support throughout your research project, from defining your research question, accessing funding, data analysis and much more.

Research Travel Fund


Deadline March 15 and September 15 annually.


Awarded twice annually to support DFCM faculty to present peer-reviewed research at national and international conferences .


International travel is reimbursable up to a maximum of $1500 CAD, and national travel is reimbursable up to a maximum of $1000 CAD. Awards are based on availability of funds.


All faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine are eligible to apply. A maximum of one award will be granted per person per academic year (July 1 - June 30). Your presentation at the conference must not already be funded (e.g., through research grants, or the DFCM Professional Development Fund). Conference registration fees are ineligible. The application must be for conference travel that has not yet taken place at the time of submission.


Completion of the online form

Research Publication Fee Award


To help support DFCM faculty who have had peer-reviewed research articles accepted for publication.


The DFCM will award 50% of a publication acceptance fee up to a maximum of $1500 CAD per publication. An applicant must demonstrate availability of matching funds. Awards are based on availability of funds.


All faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine are eligible to apply. The faculty member must be either first author or senior responsible author. A maximum of one award will be granted per person per calendar year (January 1 - December 31).


Completion of the online form

Qualtrics Survey Software

Qualtrics Insight is a secure, user-friendly, feature rich, web-based survey tool which allows users to build, distribute, and analyze on-line surveys, collaborate in real-time, and export data in multiple formats. Features include:

  • Create questionnaires from scratch or use pre-made questionnaires
  • Edit questionnaires by selecting from a vast library of question types and response options
  • Incorporate skip patterns and other types of logic
  • Provide anonymous links or send emails with unique links for each respondent for tracking and sending reminder emails
  • Produce and edit reports with tables and graphs that can be exported in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, or PDF formats
  • Download data to Excel or SPSS for additional analysis

Users seeking training are encouraged to attend the Live Training Webinars and refer to the Welcome to the New Qualtrics resources.

The DFCM Research Program's Qualtrics license is reserved for DFCM faculty, staff, and students. Please complete the online registration form in order to request a Qualtrics account.

Pivot Funding Database

Pivot is a comprehensive international funding database to which the University of Toronto subscribes on behalf of faculty. The database provides you with a curated list of funding opportunities as based on your departmental appointments, research interests, publication and granting history, and other profile information.

Pivot is a multi-functional website that allows you to:

  • receive weekly email notifications of new and updated funding opportunities, as based on profile information
  • conduct and save advanced funding searches which can include Canadian and international funding opportunities
  • share funding opportunities with colleagues

This helpful video explains how you can claim your Pivot profile. Please note that you will require access to your email address in order to register for Pivot and claim your profile. If you do not know or can't access your email address, please visit the Help Desk, First Floor, Robarts Library; or call 416-978-HELP (4357); or email

DFCM faculty members have access to one-on-one or group training workshops on the use of Pivot, by request. To arrange a workshop, please contact the DFCM Research Administrator.

DFCM City Wide Research Rounds

DFCM City Wide Research Rounds are a bimonthly, two-hour interactive event focusing on primary care research and research practices. Research Rounds are open to all Family Medicine / Community Medicine / Primary Care researchers, faculty, residents, students, and staff. Invited guest speakers will focus on research results, methodologies, and techniques; and the Research In Progress discussion will highlight new and exciting research.

2018/2019 schedule:

  • September 20, 2018
  • January 10, 2019
  • March 21, 2019
  • May 16, 2019

All events take place from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm at 500 University Ave. room 365 or attend online.

For those attending online: if you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, please test your connection.

Research Training Opportunities

DFCM's Clinical Research Certificate Program

The Clinical Research Certificate Program is a research training program offered through the DFCM. Completion of the certificate will significantly enhance your ability to understand, effectively use, engage in, and collaborate in research. Students will complete two required courses that provide an introduction to research methods in family and primary care, a practicum for hands-on practice, and an elective. The Clinical Research Certificate will be issued by the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development.

Research Training Opportunities Outside DFCM  

You are additionally encouraged to access resources available at:

  • Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) is a partnership between the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital, with resources available for teaching & education, career development, academic leadership, and research & evaluation
  • Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) has resources for teaching support, educational technology, and research on teaching
  • The Wilson Centre hosts a series of intensive workshops on education research, qualitative research, presentation skills and more.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) is meant to be a unique research program in Canada that allows interested medical students to gain extracurricular research experiences in two structured programs:

CREMS Summer Program is a 12 week program open to first and second year medical students. The student will receive $5,500, of which $2,750 is from the CREMS Program and $2,750 from the student’s research supervisor (the DFCM will contribute 50% of this amount if the research supervisor does not have sufficient funds).

CREMS Research Scholar Program is a 20 month program beginning in January and is open to first year medical students. The student will receive $15,000, of which $7,500 is from the CREMS Program and $7,500 from the student’s research supervisor (the DFCM will contribute 50% of this amount if the research supervisor does not have sufficient funds).

Course and Mentorship Opportunities

The second year Determinants of Community Health (DOCH 2) course, Researching Health in the Community, includes a research placement where students are involved in a research project, or apply previously learned research methodology within a community setting.

Opportunities also exist for students during their pre-clerkship to shadow family medicine researchers who provide clinical care.

Please direct questions to Dr. Paul Krueger, Associate Director Research.

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Academic Fellowship Program
The Academic Fellowship Program is a rigorous continuing education program intended to strengthen the practice of family medicine and primary care by developing the leadership, teaching and research skills of practitioners. The program allows Family Medicine residents the opportunity to spend at least one or two half-day sessions per week (40 half-days minimum) during the academic year pursuing a research topic of their interest.

Clinician Scholar Program
The overall objective of the Clinician Scholar Program (CSP) is to provide residents with adequate knowledge, training, and experience to enable them to pursue careers as clinician investigators (i.e. co-investigators/collaborators). The CSP was accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada in February 2011 and replaced the Family Medicine Research Fellowship Program.

For those without a research Masters degree, the CSP is a two year program (normally PGY3/PGY4) with the expectation that a relevant Masters research degree will be completed concurrently. Residents must devote 80% of their time to research activities and 20% to clinical care.

For those with a research Masters degree, the program is for one year. It is also possible to complete this as an integrated three year program beginning in PGY1, where upon completion, the resident will be eligible for certification in Family Medicine.

Research Electives
The family medicine residency program allows for a one month elective in research.

Please direct questions to Dr. Paul Krueger, Associate Director Research