Janus Research Grants and the D. M. Robb Community-Based Research Grant

This award is made possible through donations from Scotiabank and Associated Medical Services, Inc., to the Research and Education Foundation (REF) of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

Janus Research Grants support academic and community-based family physician CFPC members in good standing to carry out research projects that meet the changing needs of their patients and communities in Canada. Resident or student research projects are not eligible.

The Janus Grants support innovative programs and projects based on the four principles of family medicine:

  1. The family physician must be a skilled clinician.
  2. The doctor-patient relationship is central to the role of the family physician.
  3. Family medicine is a community-based discipline.*
  4. The family physician is a resource to a defined practice population.*

*Of particular importance to the Janus Project.

One of the Janus Research Grants, the D. M. Robb Community-BasedResearch Grant, is named in memory of the late Dr D. M. Robb, President of the New Brunswick College of Family Physicians (1979–1980) in honour of his life-long commitment to community-based family practice research.

Two categories are available:

  1. Janus Research Grants for experienced/ intermediate level researchers: maximum value up to $15,000
  2. Janus Research Grants for intermediate/novice/ beginner level researchers: maximum value up to $7,500


A variety of family medicine research activities are eligible for these grants, including the following:

  • Practice-based research projects
  • Observational studies/surveys
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Educational research
  • Cohort studies
  • Meta-analyses
  • Secondary data analyses
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Research projects using the Janus Project's National Physician Survey (NPS) database. All
    questions asked, as well as data tables and reports, are accessible on the NPS website.

Application Process:

Application forms are available online.

Applications will be evaluated based on the criteria determined for this award- based on the CFPC REF Research Guidelines:

  • The research must be related to the four principles of family medicine
  • The outcomes must benefit Canadian communities
  • The primary investigator must be a CFPC member in good standing
  • Each question on the application must be completed in full.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted online.

Please note:Application window opens up December 9, 2016.


Applications must reach the CFPC National Office by February 1, 2017, 4pm EST/EDT.

Selection Process

The selection committee of the CFPC Section of Researchers will recommend the recipients of these grants to the national Honours & Awards Committee. Applicants will be notified of results in July. 

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