Royal College Strategic Initiative Grant

The Royal College Strategic Request for Proposals grant 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 Strategic Request for Proposals 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 $30,000 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. Equity, diversity and inclusion
  2. Patient/Caregiver experience
  3. Competency-based medical education (e.g. innovations, adaptations, etc.)

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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 Royal College Strategic Initiative Grant, strength of introduction/background, relevance and alignment to the priority areas of interest, methodologic rigor, and feasibility of project completion.


Current employees and paid-contractors (e.g. CPD educators) of the Royal College are not eligible for the Strategic Request for Proposals grant. 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.


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

Applications must be submitted by completing the official grant form by the application deadline (no exceptions) on September 8, 2021 before 11:59 p.m. (applicant’s local time).


The Strategic 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.


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) September 8, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.

Contact us
Administrative Coordinator, Strategic Grants
Research Unit

Application form