Faculty of Medicine

PSI Foundation Internal Deadlines

Faculty of Medicine links and internal deadlines for Physicians' Services Inc. (PSI) Foundation programs

Established in 1970 by the physicians of Ontario, PSI Foundation is a physician-centred non-profit foundation with the mission to improve the health of Ontarians.

Once a prepaid medical plan used by thousands prior to the introduction of the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP), we have evolved into a foundation that provides up to $5 million annually to support medical research.

Today, thanks to strong financial management, PSI has granted over $130 million to nurture and foster significant advancements for physicians, patients, and medical research.

PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship 2020 - Internal Deadline: Friday, September 27 at 9am

Faculty of Medicine Request for Applications
Important Internal Deadline: Friday, September 27 at 9am

Intent 

This Fellowship is intended to provide salary support for a new Ontario investigator, who has demonstrated the ability to successfully complete high impact knowledge translation research. The Fellowship’s funds, dedicated to salary support, must protect at least 50% of the Fellow’s time to conduct such research.

Deadline and Submission

All applications for this funding opportunity must be made through the Faculty of Medicine Research Office and are subject to internal review. All applications must include the completed PSIF application form and adhere to the guidelines provided. Only two applications will be selected for submission and formally endorsed by the institution. 

Electronic applications will be received by Cindy Faber by Friday, September 27, 2019 at 9am.

Definition of Knowledge Translation Research

The foundation recognizes that numerous definitions exist for translational research. The following PSI Foundation definition will assist with your application:

Knowledge translation research is aimed at taking research discoveries and moving them into the real world to improve health outcomes. Relevant discoveries may result from many disparate sources, including the physiologic or mechanistic studies in the laboratory setting, or findings from human trials. Therefore, knowledge translation research may involve taking observations in the laboratory and integrating them into the design of clinical studies, or may involve taking clinical research findings and encoding them into clinical policies. The latter is the knowledge translation focus of the PSI Foundation, which is more likely to directly affect the health outcomes of Ontarians. Approaches to knowledge translation could include, but are not limited to, understanding and analyzing barriers to health care availability, access or uptake; examining behavioural, organizational, financial, ethical, and cultural determinants of practice; or effectively and efficiently addressing modifiable gaps in care. Translational research of greatest interest to the PSI Foundation is multi-disciplinary and multi-method, focused on improving the processes of care and/or outcomes of care for Ontarians.

Eligibility of Principal Investigator (PI)

The principal investigator/applicant for the fellowship must be either:

  • within five (5) years of their first academic appointment and have demonstrated potential for high impact research work
  • dedicate at least 50% of a full-time schedule to the fellowship
  • a practicing physician having direct patient care responsibilities and an academic appointment, thus eligible to apply for her/his own research grants as an independent investigator

OR

  • a fellow who is a practicing physician having direct patient care responsibilities, with a supervisor who has an academic appointment and provides the necessary research supervision and infrastructure (including administering the grant at the sponsoring institution). A letter of support from this supervisor must be included in the application.

Ineligible Candidates

  • Residents may not apply
  • Individuals who do not hold an MD
  • Individuals based outside of Ontario

Amount and Duration of Funding

This program offers two options for a funding timeline for salary support: A maximum $150,000 per year for two years OR a maximum of $100,000 per year for three years. The fellowship will be offered annually. Even though this program is intended to offer salary support and protect research time for the successful fellow, the fellow may allocate up to 25% of the total award to undertake a research project. The PSIF fellow is able to apply to the foundation’s Health Research Program for an operating grant.

Application Guidelines 
Application Form  

For more information please visit the PSI Foundation Fellowship Website.

PSI Research Trainee Fellowship 2020 - Internal Deadline: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 9am

Faculty of Medicine Request for Applications
Important Internal Deadline: Wednesday, September 25 at 9am.

Purpose of the Fellowship 

The primary aim of this fellowship is to provide highly qualified Medical Doctors (M.D.) with clinically applicable research training opportunities and support.
Please note: this funding opportunity is not an additional PSI operating grant.

Deadline and Submission

All applications for this funding opportunity must be made through the Faculty of Medicine Research Office and are subject to internal review. All applications must include the completed PSIF application form and adhere to the guidelines provided. Only two applications will be selected for submission and formally endorsed by the institution. 

Please note that the letter of support from the sponsoring institution will only be required for the two applications selected to go forward to PSI.

Electronic applications will be received by Cindy Faber by Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 9am.

Eligibility of Applicants

Applicants must either:
• Be an M.D. in a Ph.D or MSc. program at an Ontario university
OR
• In a combined M.D./Ph.D or MSc. program at an Ontario university
OR
• In the Clinician Investigator Program (CIP)

Ineligible Candidates
• Individuals who do not hold an M.D. - unless enrolled in a combined M.D./Ph.D or MSc program as listed above.
• Individuals based outside of Ontario

Amount and Duration of Funding

A maximum of $25,000 per year for two (2) years.
*PLEASE NOTE: Sponsoring Institution (departments/units) are required to co-fund 50% of the amount requested from PSI. For example, if the fellow requests $40,000 per year from PSI, then the department/unit must provide $20,000 per year.

The award funds may be divided into three (3) categories:
1. a stipend for the fellow
2. allowance for fringe benefits, which may include tuition reimbursement, professional travel, research expenses
3. Mentor directed funds- this budget item allows the mentor a maximum of $5,000 per year to direct funds to support the fellow

PSI Research Trainee Fellowship: Application Guidelines
PSI Research Trainee Fellowship: Application Form
 

For more information please visit the PSI Website.
Please contact PSI at 416-226-6323 or by email at psif@psifoundation.org if you require assistance.
 

PSI Mid-Career Clinical Research Award - Internal Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2019 at 9am.

Faculty of Medicine Request for Applications
Important Internal Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2019 at 9am.

Purpose of the Award:

The primary aim of this Award is to provide salary support for an outstanding mid-career clinician-researcher whose interests align with PSI’s funding priorities.

The PSI-50 Mid-Career Clinical Research Award acknowledges that mid-career can be a challenging time for scientists. During this phase, there are often additional academic roles and responsibilities including committee work, leadership positions, and mentoring of junior investigators, while clinical work continues. Some funding agencies including the NIH acknowledge that few directed mid-career awards and grants exist to support this phase of an investigator's trajectory.

Eligibility of Canidate:

The candidate for the Award must be:
• Between five (5) and fifteen (15) years of their first academic appointment from one of the six medical universities in Ontario (with stop-the-clock provision for parental or other leave)
• A practising physician having direct patient care responsibilities and an academic appointment, thus eligible to apply for her/his own research grants as an independent investigator.
• Dedicate at least 50% of a full-time schedule to the Award

Ineligible Candidates:

• Individuals who do not hold a M.D. licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
• Individuals based outside of Ontario

Amount and Duration of Funding:

Total Support
This program offers two options for a funding timeline for salary support:
A maximum of $100,000 per year for three consecutive years;
OR
A maximum of $75,000 per year for four consecutive years.

Matching Funding
The prospective applicant must secure an institutional match to be eligible for consideration.
50% matching from the sponsoring institution is required. (e.g. medical school support equivalent to $50,000 for 3 consecutive years, or $37,500 for 4 consecutive years)
Please note:
• The award is intended to protect at least 50% of the awardee’s time to undertake research, regardless of whether the award is taken over three or four years.
• Even though this program is primarily intended to offer salary support to protect research time the award may allocate up to 25% of the total award to undertake a research project.
• The PSI Mid-Career Clinical Research Awardee is able to apply to PSI’s Health Research program for an operating grant.

Sponsoring Institution:

PSI Foundation will accept a maximum of three (3) candidates from each of Ontario’s six medical universities. Please note: all applications are submitted through the appropriate academic health science centre; applications sent directly to the Foundation from the applicant will not be accepted.

Contact PSI: Please contact t 416.226.6323 or by email at psif@psifoundation.org to discuss any questions you may have about submitting an application for funding.

PSI Mid-Career Clinical Research Award Guidelines

PSI Mid-Career Clinical Research Award Application Form