Anesthesia Education & Innovation Grant


The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine is pleased to announce that the Anesthesia Education & Innovation Grant is no longer accepting applications.

The Anesthesia Education & Innovation Grant was made possible by Dr. Salvatore Spadafora and donations from our residents, alumni, faculty and friends of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine to support educational and training initiatives.

All full-time appointed faculty members of the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto can apply for this grant.

The grant will support educational, training and innovation in education. For additional details, read the application categories section below.

Key Dates

  • Call for Applications: September 21, 2023
  • Deadline for Applications: November 2, 2023
  • Decision to be Announced: December 14, 2023

Applications have now closed.

Anesthesia Education & Innovation Grant

Additional Information

Who is eligible to apply?

Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator

The grant is open to all anesthesia faculty appointed to the University of Toronto.

Faculty of any academic rank (lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor) can apply as principal or co-principal investigator. Faculty must:

  • Hold a primary faculty appointment with the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine as a full-time Temerty Faculty of Medicine clinical member.
  • Receive their department chief’s written support to pursue this application (a brief email is sufficient). Funded projects should align with program or division priorities.
  • Applicants cannot hold the same grant concurrently.

Note: Part-time/Adjunct faculty may only participate as collaborators.


Any individual (including residents and fellows) contributing to the project team's work may be included as a collaborator.

What are the application categories?

Proposals should aim to:

  • Develop new and effective teaching methods and strategies that enhance the learning experience and outcomes of anesthesia trainees.
  • Promote evidence-based practices in anesthesia education, which expose trainees to the most current and relevant knowledge in the field.
  • Encourage the integration of novel teaching strategies into the existing curriculum, which helps to improve the overall education and training programs continually.
  • Recognize the use of technology and other resources to enhance teaching and learning, which can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of education and training.
  • Recognize the ability to evaluate and measure the impact of proposed teaching methods on trainee learning and performance, which helps to ensure that the education and training programs are continually improving.
  • Support the professional growth and development of faculty members in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, who, in turn, serve as role models and leaders in anesthesia education.
  • Promote innovation and excellence in anesthesia education and help to ensure that the anesthesia trainees are well-prepared and competent to practice in the field, which improves patient outcomes.

What is the value of the Anesthesia Education & Innovation Grant?

There will be a maximum grant of up to $6000 per project, and it will not be renewable.

What are the submission requirements?

Interested candidates should submit a completed application form along with the following materials:

  • A description of the innovative teaching methods and knowledge translation initiatives that the candidate is proposing, methods of implementation, and evaluation metrics of success.
  • A letter of support from the hospital site department chief
  • Budget request (up to a maximum of $6000)
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae

What are the grant deliverables?

Successful applicants will be expected to provide the following deliverables:

  • Interim and final reports are to be provided.
  • Give an oral or poster presentation at the department’s annual Shields Research Day.

What are the grant conditions?

Please note the following conditions:

  • Recipients must complete their projects within two years of the date of grant. Distributed funds may be used for educational development supplies but cannot be used for conference travel, faculty income, or salaries.
  • Recipients can receive the grant without Research Ethics Board (REB) approval or exemption. However, money will only be given once the REB application is approved or exempted.

What's the application and review process?

The Education Grant Committee will review all applications and select the grant recipient(s) based on merit and alignment with the terms of the grant.

The committee is not obligated to allocate all funds available.

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We are pleased to announce Dr. Hermann dos Santos Fernandes and Dr. Elaine Ng as as the recipients of the inaugural 2023 Anesthesia Education & Innovation Grant.

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