The Faculty/Resident Development Initiatives Grant (FRDIG) supports projects that aim to enhance the quality or scholarship of teaching in the Faculty of Medicine. The goal of the FRDIG is to support projects that are aligned with faculty development priority areas in health professions education, and that are widely transferrable across contexts.

2023 Call for Applications is Now Closed!

Important Dates:

June 15, 2023: Applications are open for Letter of Intent

August 31, 2023: Letter of Intent due by 11:59pm PT

September 14, 2023: Applicants invited to the full application stage

October 10, 2023: Full Application due by 11:59pm PT

November 2, 2023: Successful/all applicants are notified

Who is eligible to apply?

The following applicants are eligible:  

  • Persons holding a current faculty (academic or clinical) appointment in the Faculty of Medicine, UBC  
  • Postgraduate residents with a faculty co-developer or co-investigator. Residents must ensure they:
    • have a faculty co-developer or co-investigator listed on the application, and
    • complete the project by the end of their residency

Projects that span multiple departments and/or sites, and those with broad applicability are preferred.

Please note: a person may apply to more than one priority area but is only eligible to receive a maximum of one grant per grant cycle.

What is the funding structure?

Projects are funded from $2500-$5000, with a project lifecycle of up to 2 years (24 months).

Please note: the administrative management of funding is the responsibility of the grant recipient.

What are the priority areas?

The project should explicitly relate to topics pertinent to faculty/resident development as teachers and enter one of the following streams:   

  1. General 
  2. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (New stream as of 2022 sponsored by the Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI)) 

General stream: Projects entered under the General stream focus on supporting faculty or residents in their role as teachers and meet one of the following areas of need or have high merit:  

  • Expansion of Undergraduate Medical Education, Postgraduate Medical Education, or Health Professions
  • Connections & appreciation
  • Planetary health
  • Accessibility 
  • Digital literacy
  • Other

Equity, diversity, and inclusion stream: Projects entered under the EDI stream focus on supporting faculty and residents as teachers to incorporate EDI, anti-oppression, and anti-racism principles in the learning environment. E.g., a workshop guide that trains teachers in leading difficult conversations; a pilot of a module that teaches how to use inclusive language in the clinical learning environment; a research study on the effectiveness of teaching methods for creating psychological safety. 


Special consideration will be given to projects that address: 

  • The experiences of Indigenous Peoples  
  • Incorporating faculty/resident development of cultural humility in residency training  
  • Managing difficult interactions with patients in the learning environment  
  • Raising clinical faculty’s awareness of EDI and anti-racism issues 

What type of project can I submit?

Both streams accept the following types of projects:

Innovation-focused projects include:

  • One or more resources (such as a teaching tool, evaluation tool, video, module, etc.)
  • The resource will be accompanied by the following:
    • A guide on how to use the resource if applicable
    • Results from evaluating the resource or workshop
    • A strategy to adapt materials so they can be used as a general faculty development resource once the grant lifecycle is completed

Research-focused projects should aim for a publication or conference presentation and include the following deliverables: 

  • A description of how the results advance faculty development related pedagogy 
  • An outline of how the research results can be applied to faculty development practice

What projects are excluded?

The FRDIG does not fund projects that focus on developing curriculum content or improving clinical practice.

Are there any budget restrictions?

  • No stipends for Principal Investigator and/or Co-investigators
  • A 10% maximum of funds is intended to support travel, attendance at courses or conferences

How do I apply?

Please complete this Letter of Intent (LOI) by August 31, 2023, 11:59pm PT. 

Full Application

LOIs that are deemed as faculty/resident development projects will move onto the full application stage and will be provided with an application form. Please complete all components and submit to by October 10, 2023, 11:59pm PT. 

All applicants will be notified by November 2, 2023. 


The submissions will be judged on: 

  • The degree to which the project aligns with the priorities of the Office of Faculty Development, and Office of REDI 
  • The feasibility of the project given the proposed work, budget and timeline 
  • The quality of the evaluation plan or research protocol 
  • The degree of impact the project will have – i.e., the degree of transferability and generalizability to other departments and programs 


If you wish to discuss your ideas before submitting an application, please contact the Office of Faculty Development at  

Descriptions of previous grant winners’ projects can be found here.