The Faculty Development Initiatives Grant is designed to support projects that improve the quality of teaching in the Faculty of Medicine.

Click here to view 2019-2020 winning projects. Next call for proposals will be February 2021.

Important Dates 

  • February 24, 2019: Letter of Intent due by 8:00pm
  • March 4, 2019: Successful applicants invited to full application stage
  • March 31, 2019: Full applications due by 8:00pm
  • April 11-12, 2019: Successful applicants are notified
  • May 10, 2019:  Recipients announced at the 2019 Annual Medical Education Day

Priority Topics

For the 2019 grant competition, we are looking for projects with a focus on medical education innovation and research. The project should explicitly relate to faculty development and meet one of the following identified areas of need:

  • Teacher in difficulty
  • Learning environment
  • Faculty-student relationships
  • Direct observation and feedback
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Tools for assessment of teaching
  • Peer mentoring or coaching faculty
  • Teaching clinical reasoning and clinical decision making
  • Other topics *may* be considered


For innovation-focused projects

  • One or more resources (such as a teaching tool, evaluation tool, video, module, etc.)
  • A handbook, facilitation guide, or workshop guide outlining how to use the resource
  • 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

For research-focused projects

  • Results that advance faculty development related theory, pedagogy, or methodology
  • An outline of how the research results can be applied to faculty development practice
  • A publication or conference presentation?


Projects will be provided a maximum of $10,000, with a project lifecycle of up to 2 years (24 months). Projects targeting the strategic directions above, multiple stakeholders across departments and/or sites, and those with broad applicability will be preferred.


Applicants must hold a current faculty (academic or clinical) appointment in the Faculty of Medicine, UBC or one of its collaborating partners. Clinical Educator Fellows in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) who hold a current UBC Faculty of Medicine appointment (academic or clinical) are also eligible.

Selection Criteria

Applications must:

  • Make a contribution to the teaching support done by the Office of Faculty Development
  • Support the mandate of the Office of Faculty Development
  • Be feasible (i.e. can be done with the budget and time available)
  • Outline how their project will be transferable


  • No stipends for Principal Investigator and/or Co-investigators
  • Only up to 10% of funds may be intended to support travel, attendance at courses or conferences


If you have questions or wish to discuss your ideas before submitting an application, please contact the Office of Faculty Development at or call 604-675-3783.

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