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Royal College Intramural Grant Program

The Royal College Intramural Grant Program was created to support research and scholarship that advance strategic areas of focus within specialty medical education. Intramural grants specifically provide a route of competitive funding for Royal College staff, contracted educators, Standing Committee members and other individuals receiving payment for services rendered and who are ineligible to apply, for example, to the Royal College extramural funding programs.

Royal College Intramural Grants support high-quality medical education and health systems-focused research and scholarship to advance the fields of residency education, continuing professional development and other health system-related areas of focus in Canada (e.g. health workforce planning).

Decisions regarding allocation of this grant, ranging from $1,000 up to $20,000 will be made in alignment with special calls for applications. The allocation of funding can support human resources, associated publication costs, travel for presentation by the principal applicant and other project-related costs. Presentation at an associated Royal College conference is encouraged.

This year, the Royal College is seeking meaningful insight from the Canadian medical education community to contribute to policy and standards that advance specialty medicine and inform areas aligned with:

  1. Competency-based medical education;
  2. Artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging digital technologies;
  3. Patient safety and quality improvement; or
  4. Simulation

While all proposals will be given consideration, please note the Royal College is specifically interested in applications that seek to contribute to and advance its programs. Sample questions include:

  • How is Competence By Design (CBD) being adapted either across specialities or within a particular program?
  • What impact is CBD having across specialties or within particular programs (e.g. financial implications)?
  • How will the rapid implementation of AI and emerging digital technologies impact humanism?

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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.


Applications must include at least one Royal College employee, educator or other paid contractor. The involvement of the Royal College employee, educator or contractor in the development of the idea, application and planned engagement in the project will require explicit description. Joint [Royal College staff / affiliate / educator and external applicant(s)] applications are possible and could include one or more departments, disciplines or faculties of medicine.

Involvement of the Royal College affiliate must be supported by a letter detailing the nature and scope of the work and their contribution to the related application.

Exceptionally, when applications are received by non-standing committee members whose role(s) may place them in perceived/real conflict of interest (e.g. active member of a committee closely aligned with the project or product under adjudication) eligibility to apply will be approved only following review and consideration by members of the Intramural Grant Funding Committee.

Applications must meet contemporary standards of research and scholarship, which include the relevance of the question, the appropriateness of the methodological approach, ethical review of the submission, accountability for funds requested and the feasibility of successfully completing the project during the funding period.

Individuals who currently hold funding from the Royal College research grant programs are not eligible to receive additional funding in this competition; however, they may still supervise a trainee or student, and can be a co-investigator on proposals submitted by other principal investigators on one application/competition.

An application is considered closed only when the final submission documents and financial items have been approved.


Applications must be submitted by completing the official grant form by the application deadline (no exceptions) on or before November 4, 2019.

Applications should be emailed to All supporting documents must be submitted as a single PDF document, following the sequence provided on the application form.


The Intramural Grants Selection Committee will include a cadre of two expert scholars (external) and two members of the Royal College Education Research Grants committee. Together they will support the receipt, processing and adjudication of proposals and collectively make determinations regarding funding.

Selection is based on the application’s scholarly merit, strength of the project team, clarity of the proposal and perceived impact for advancing specialty medicine.

Preference will be given to work that is considered worthy of inclusion in a peer-reviewed publication and that is aligned with the mission/vision of the Royal College.

Number of applications

Eligible staff, standing committee members and paid educators/contractors may apply as a principal applicant on only one submission per Intramural Grant competition so long as they do not hold any other active Royal College research grant(s) (e.g. PI on a MERG). Multiple applications are allowed only in the role of co-applicant (and not to exceed two active grants at any given time plus one principal investigator, as applicable). If you have any questions related to number of applications, contact prior to submitting your proposal. Staff will be available to assist in determining eligibility.


Funding is available for projects up to a maximum of two years in duration.


Budget and justification must be provided in a one-page outline. Please refer to budgetary guidelines appended to the application form.

Projects approved for the duration of only one year will receive funding that is equivalent to 75 per cent of the grant upon project commencement, and 25 per cent upon an interim project progress report to the adjudicating committee and presentation at the Senior Management Committee.

The final report must be sent to the Associate Director, Research Unit, Royal College. Projects approved for two years of funding will receive the final year of funding upon receipt of a satisfactory mid-project progress report to the adjudicating committee and presentation to the Senior Management Committee.


The publication of project findings is expected. The financial support of "The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada" must be acknowledged in all publications resulting from this grant. Presentation of research is encouraged at an associated Royal College conference (e.g. International Conference on Residency Education, Simulation Summit, and CPD Accreditation Conference) or equivalent. Identifying the Royal College as a funder is expected, when applicable.

Submission deadline
11:59 p.m. (applicant’s local time) November 4, 2019. Late applications will not be considered.

Contact us
Administrative Coordinator, Intramural Grants
Research Unit
Telephone: 613-730-8177, ext. 175; toll-free 1-800-668-3740 ext. 175

Application form