Internal Funding Opportunities

What's available for faculty and residents

Department of Psychiatry Research Fund

Deadlines: April 5, 2024 & Oct. 7, 2024
(No late applications will be considered.)

The Research Section of the Department of Psychiatry makes available small grants to members of the department to facilitate the development of new research projects. These funds are intended to serve as seed funding for the following purposes:

  • To initiate a new project that requires pilot data to assess feasibility, establish treatment size effects or bring together a new research team.
  • To obtain initial data required for submission of a larger proposal to another agency.
  • To fully fund small-scale projects that can be completed within 1-2 years.

Please contact Anila Balakrishnan for application information.

It is mandatory that those who are awarded DPRF grants will present at grand rounds or at Research Day.

Questions? Contact Anila Balakrishnan.

*Note: It is only necessary for the principal investigator/eligible applicant to sign the cover page when submitting a completed application.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychiatry

Deadline: Jan. 12, 2024

The Research and Education Sections make available up to two grants annually to members of the department to promote and support the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) related to Dalhousie psychiatry education across the medical and graduate education continuum. This may include the development, implementation, and evaluation of education innovations for learners within the Department of Psychiatry (including medical learners, graduate students, and participants in our CPD and fellowship programs).

Where applicable, applicants are encouraged to describe how the current project might lead to a program of scholarly activity that would be eligible for further funding from other agencies.

Please contact Anila Balakrishnan for application information.

Psychiatry Resident Research Project Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

The Postgraduate Education section of the Department of Psychiatry makes available small grants to residents to facilitate the completion of the research project requirement. These funds are intended to support required research expenses related to the resident’s research project once the proposal has been approved by the research project committee (research project supervisor, postgraduate director or designate and research committee representative). Expenses may vary depending upon the proposed research project. The proposed research project can take one of several forms, examples of which are listed here:

  1. A systematic review (a comprehensive and critical evaluation of the best evidence relevant to a clinical topic)
  2. Quality assurance analysis of already collected clinical data
  3. Hypothesis-driven analysis of an already established database
  4. A clinical study
  5. Other forms as negotiated with the supervisor/committee.

Apply for the Psychiatry Resident Research Project Fund (TBA)

Read the guidelines
[PDF - 35KB].

Psychiatry Summer Studentship Program

Deadline: Feb. 16, 2024

The Psychiatry Summer Studentship Program is designed to provide a number of qualified undergraduate students with an opportunity to become involved in research in the Department of Psychiatry over period in the summer.  Although this program in effect provides summer employment for students, faculty supervisors are expected not to treat summer students in this program as technicians, but rather to involve them fully in discussion and the design of experiments. This program offers students an opportunity to learn new research techniques as they acquire hands on experience in running experiments and analyzing data.

To apply for the for the Psychiatry Summer Studentship Program please contact Anila Balakrishnan.

People with Lived Experience Research Fund (PLERF)

Deadlines: April 5, 2024 & Oct. 7, 2024 (No late applications will be considered)

The Department of Psychiatry (in collaboration with the Maritimes Depression Hub of the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network) makes available small research grants (up to $10,000 per successful proposal) for research projects initiated by people with lived experience (PLE) of depression and related illnesses in collaboration with experienced researcher(s).

This funding can be used for the following purposes:

  • To fully fund small-scale projects that can be completed within the budget framework allowed
  • To fund a sub-project of a larger research program related to PLE interests
  • To obtain initial pilot data to assess and strengthen the feasibility of submitting a proposal to another funding agency to conduct a more extensive project
  • To initiate a new research program that requires pilot data to assess feasibility or to bring a new research team together

Information on eligibility criteria and the application process for PLERF can be found here.