Faculty Research Positions

Investigator Awards Program

The Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto is the largest Family Medicine training program in North America. The DFCM is recognized internationally for its clinical, educational and research excellence, and is committed to advancing the status of primary care. A major initiative of the DFCM is the University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network (UTOPIAN) which will bring together DFCM researchers, primary care clinicians, and practices from all of its academic sites to answer important health care questions and translate findings into practice. UTOPIAN will act as the DFCM's "living laboratory" for studying populations of patients and care providers in community-based settings. Click here for more information on UTOPIAN.

There are five DFCM Investigator Award categories:

  • Clinician Scientists, i.e., funding for those with >50% protected research time.
  • Clinician Investigators, i.e., funding for those with <50% protected research time.
  • Current DFCM Research Scholars, i.e., current Clinician Scientists and Clinician Investigators wanting to increase their amount of protected research time.
  • New Investigators, i.e., funding for up to three years for family medicine researchers who are within five years of receiving their highest academic degree (preference will be given to those with a research PhD or equivalent and who are interested in becoming "Clinician Scientists" i.e. >50% protected research time. The purpose of this award is to provide protected research time for recent graduates to develop a track record as family medicine researchers and make them more competitive for peer-reviewed funding and other career awards.
  • Graduate Research Studies, i.e. funding for up to five years for those enrolled in a PhD program and up to two years for those enrolled in a Masters program.

Note: All applicants must have an academic appointment in the DFCM (or equivalent), and be an active faculty member in an affiliated unit. Clinician Scientists must be established researchers with a PhD or equivalent who can provide:
  • evidence of meaningful collaborative relationships (e.g., as shown by grants and publications) with other senior researchers in an established research environment or team
  • evidence of an independent research program where they have a leadership role and can demonstrate research productivity in terms of: peer reviewed grants as principal investigator; peer reviewed publications in high impact journals; and formal mentorship of junior researchers


Clinician Investigators must be established researchers with at least a Masters degree or equivalent who can provide:

  • evidence of meaningful collaborative relationships (e.g., as shown by grants and publications) with senior researchers in an established environment or team
  • evidence of research productivity in terms of: peer reviewed grants (as PI, Co-PI, or Co-Investigator); and first author publications in peer reviewed journals


New Investigators must be:

  • within five years of receiving their highest academic degree (preference will be given to those with a research PhD or equivalent)
  • interested in becoming Clinician Scientists
  • able to provide evidence of meaningful collaborative relationships (e.g., as shown by grants and publications) with senior researchers in an established environment or team
  • able to provide evidence of research productivity (for stage of career) in terms of peer reviewed grants (as PI, Co-PI, or Co-Investigator) and peer reviewed publications (as first author or co-author)

Those applying for a Graduate Research Studies award must hold an academic appointment or equivalent in the DFCM and be enrolled or accepted in a relevant research degree program. Preference will be given to those enrolled in a research PhD program.


All applications require a letter of support from a Unit Chief/Division Director with: a clear statement of the amount of protected research time; proportion of distribution of responsibilities (research, clinical, teaching, administration); assurance of administrative support and research space and a description of available research associate support; and statement of enhanced matched funding for the amount of protected research time.


All applications must also include:

  • a completed Clinician Scientist/Clinician Investigator/New Investigator/Graduate Research Studies Awards Application Form
  • a current annotated CV with emphasis on research activities for the last 5 years that indicates their roles on grants and publications
  • a 5 page statement of their research objectives that includes a detailed 5 year description of their research plan and research questions (2 of these 5 pages must describe how the research plan aligns with the University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network (UTOPIAN))
  • a 1 page description of their research setting and proposed collaborators
  • 3 letters of reference
  • 3 selected publications
  • an acknowledgement that for projects housed at the DFCM or one or more of its family medicine units, cost recovery for administrative support (if allowed by the granting agency), biostatistical and/or methodological services, and office supplies and equipment is expected
  • an acknowledgement in publications and presentations that the investigator holds a DFCM Investigator Award

Note:
All DFCM investigators undergo yearly internal reviews with the Vice Chair Research and/or Associate Research Director and external 5 year reviews when applicable.

The DFCM Investigator Application Evaluation Criteria provides a detailed listed of the criteria assessed for each application.


Applications for the Graduate Studies Awards are accepted at any time until both positions have been filled.


Please direct questions to Dr. Paul Krueger, Associate Director, Research Program or Noah Frank, Research Administrator.

Research News & Events

  • The Research Program is currently accepting applications for the Graduate Research Studies Award. The deadline is Friday, June 12th. Please click here for details.