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Strategic Request for Proposals: Advancing Evaluation of Competency-based Medical Education across the Continuum

Advancing Scholarship. Advancing Medical Education.

Application Deadline Extended! October 1st 2018

The Royal College is proudly committed to fostering innovation in medical education, health policy and health care through enhanced scholarship, research and support to Fellows, and is continuing to build its awards and grants programs. To support this vision, the Royal College is committed to funding scholarship that specifically focuses on advancing mission-aligned research called the Strategic Request for Proposals (SRP).

This year, the Royal College is again seeking meaningful insight from the Canadian medical education community to contribute to policy and standards that advance and inform the future of Competency-based Medical Education.

In particular, Competence By Design (CBD) is a major Royal College multi-year change initiative aimed at introducing competency based medical education (CBME) into specialty medical education across Canada. The plan is to roll out CBD to the 67 specialty disciplines across Canada between 2017 and 2024. Ongoing systematic evaluation of this initiative will allow for both program improvement (process evaluation) as well as the gathering of evidence on the impact of CBD over time (outcome evaluation). In both cases, evaluation studies should serve to inform the CBD initiative potentially informing and/or leading to changes in design, implementation and/or focus.

More specifically the Royal College has articulated three priority program evaluation goals:

  1. To foster successful implementation of CBD;
  2. To understand the influence of local contexts, adaptations and innovations of CBD; and
  3. To build an evidence-base of the impact of CBD including:
    a) Short, medium and long term outcomes (e.g. patient-related outcomes)
    b) Unintended outcomes (e.g. fiscal or human-resource implications)

These goals are further described in the attached draft program evaluation framework and outcomes related to goal 3a are further described. Proposals may also address additional outcomes not included in this sample list.

It is also expected that the proposal adheres to the highest scholarly standards; relevant literature, best practices and theories underlying the evaluation proposal and relevant question(s) should be explicitly described.

Application & Adjudication

Proposals will be judged on merit in accordance with alignment to the SRP, strength of introduction/background, relevance and alignment to the priority areas of interest, methodologic rigor, strength of team and feasibility of project completion.

2018 Priority Areas

While all proposals will be given consideration, please note the Royal College is specifically interested in applications that seek to contribute to and advance the following questions/areas of interest:

  • What factors promote successful implementation?
  • How is CBD being adapted either across specialties or within a particular programs (e.g. without compromising fidelity of implementation)?
  • What impact is CBD having across specialties or within particular programs (e.g. financial implications)?
  • How can we best examine the connection between patient outcomes and CBD? Note: This proposal could be in the form of an actual evaluation or the creation of specific theoretical model to support evaluation e.g., “How to connect patient outcomes to the implementation and evaluation of CBD”.

Important Application Dates

Submission deadline: October 1, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current employees and paid-contractors (e.g. CPD educators) of the Royal College are not eligible to apply for this Strategic Request for Proposals. If your application includes an employee/contractor (as principal investigator or co-investigator) you are instead invited to apply for a Royal College Intramural Grant
  • While it is not necessary to be a Fellow of the Royal College or a physician to apply, priority will be given to members in good standing . If you are not a Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal College must be named on your application and contribute meaningfully to the research project. A description of how the named Fellow has been/will be involved in the development of the proposal is an expectation.
  • Applications from multiple departments and across disciplines or faculties are encouraged as applicable.
  • Applications must meet contemporary standards of evaluation, which include the relevance of the question, use of an underlying theory or framework as applicable, the appropriateness of the project design, ethical review of the submission, accountability of funds requested, and the feasibility of the work as related to the project team, environment and timelines.
  • Individuals who currently hold active funding from the Royal College (only as a Principal Applicant) are not eligible to receive funding in other RC funding competitions. To apply, an application must be considered closed; the Grant Selection committee must have approved final submission documents and all financial items must be resolved prior to the application deadline(s) of any of the Royal College funding competitions.
  • However, he/she may still supervise a trainee or student, and can be included as a co-investigator on proposals submitted by other PIs.
  • Applicants must disclose any additional associated funding sources if a portion of the project under adjudication is already partially funded.


Applications must be submitted electronically at


All supporting documents must be submitted in one (1) PDF document, which follows the sequence of the application form.

  • Application Form
  • Additional pages for references are permitted (maximum 10 references)
  • No additional appendices are to be included


The Royal College Strategic Grant Committee (comprised of select Royal College leadership & other scholars) review the formal applications using a blinded review process. Selection is based on 1) scientific merit (e.g. importance of the evaluation question and methodological approach), 2) clarity of the proposal & writing, and 3) its relevance to the grant's objective/mission alignment. Preference will be given to applications 1) submitted by junior faculty / Fellows of the Royal College (as a capacity building endeavor) and 2) that is considered worthy of inclusion in a peer-reviewed publication. For information regarding previously funded projects, please visit the Royal College Grants website.


Multiple grants will be awarded and is dependent on total amount of funding requested by applications. Please note that only one grant per year, per principal investigator will be awarded.

Value Up to a maximum of $30,000 per project.

Decisions regarding allocation dollars will be made on an ad hoc basis and could include amounts ranging from as little as $5,000 through $30,000.

An amount equivalent to 75% of the grant will be disbursed on commencement and 25% on receipt of a final report (approved by the Committee) at project completion. The final report must be sent to Administrative Coordinator, Research Medals and Awards, Royal College (Mr. Tyler Victor,

Projects approved for funding beyond one year will receive subsequent years' funding following receipt of a satisfactory progress report on completion of one year's study.


Applicable to projects of a maximum 2 years' duration.

Submission deadline
11:59 p.m. (applicant’s local time) October 1, 2018. Late applications will not be considered.

Contact us
Administrative Coordinator, Strategic Grants, Research Medals & Award
Research Unit
Telephone: 613-730-8177, ext. 292; toll-free 1-800-668-3740 ext. 292

Application form