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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 2022-2023

Project Name Investigators Amount Funded
Community Physicians/ Faculty Researchers
Understanding musicians’ perspectives about their unique primary healthcare needs, and the health care services available to them in Canada Kathryn Cottrell (PI) $5,000
GPS Health Navigators: Implementing and Evaluating an Outpatient Palliative Systems-Navigation Service for Refugees Humaira Saeed (PI), Priya Gupta, Christopher Klinger, Jehanara Chagani, Christiana Owoo $4,947
AFP Physicians
The Role of Personal Support Workers in Long-Term Care in Hamilton Henry Siu, Jessica S. Burford (Co-PIs), Bahar Karimi, Kanwal Shankardass $5,000
Patient-driven change in custody: a participatory action research project to bring patient perspectives into quality improvement of primary care healthcare services in Ontario’s provincial correctional facilities Fiona Kouyoumdjian (PI), Kate McLeod $4,913
Medical Education
Palliative Care Awareness and Training in Rural Family Medicine Postgraduate Learners at McMaster University Nicholas Tompkins (PI), Erin Gallagher, Christopher Klinger $ 5,000
Division of Palliative Care
A qualitative analysis on cancer survivors’ experiences with distress and distress management after attending an interdisciplinary survivorship clinic Martin Chasen (PI), Patricia Strachan, Donny Li, Mariam Aga $ 4,999


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