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Pilot Research Project Funding

Since 2008, the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) at McMaster University has funded pilot projects (maximum $5,000 each) for research in primary care, palliative care and medical education. These 18-month grants are intended to build research capacity at DFM. Pilot project applications should address areas of research related to primary health care. The goal is that pilot projects will produce findings that support the development and submission of future research proposals to external funding agencies.

Application Documents and Information – Primary Care, Medical Education, Knowledge Translation

New investigators can apply for enhanced support with their pilot project proposal through a mentorship program. Successful applicants will join an ongoing community of practice for support and advice throughout their project.

Application Documents and Information – Palliative Care

Recipients 2023-2024

Project Name Investigators Amount Funded
Community Physicians/ Faculty Researchers
Retrospective analysis to describe the impact of virtual care on primary care diabetes management John Tamale (PI), Edward Tamale $4,842.00
Multi-lingual care and use of Translation Services by Interim Federal Health (IFH) Providers in Hamilton Lita Cameron (PI), Bianca Ziegler $4,418.00
Pilot Study of Family Physician Social Prescribing for Patients Identified via In-Office Stress Screening Ryan Chadwick (PI), Ellen Robb, Larry Chambers, David Streiner $5,000.00
Patients perspectives following a community exercise program Xu Chi (PI), Dale Guenter $4,974.00
AFP Physicians
Impact of the Program for Substance Use in Pregnancy (PROSPR) Integrated Care Program Suzanne Turner (PI), Claudia Steffler $5,000.00
People Over Pamphlets: Empowering community-based knowledge sharers on injection-related infection prevention practices Robin Lennox (PI), Marcie McIlveen, Shayna Henry $5,939.20
Knowledge Translation
PEACH Clips: Empowering sustainable health care through knowledge and action Myles Sergeant $ 5,000.00
Graduate Student
Optimizing health information exchange during patient transitions into long term care: a multi-phase practitioner-focused research program to support informational continuity. Augustine Okoh & Lawrence Grierson (Co-PIs), Henry Siu, Michelle Howard, Ellen Badone, Sarah Wojkowski, Andrew Costa, Keya Shah $ 5,000.00


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