AMS Project Grant


The AMS Project Grant is designed to support small budget proposals on projects featuring the history of medicine. AMS defines the history of medicine as the study, analysis, and interpretation of past practices, philosophies, and/or epistemologies related to human health, health care, and/or disease using methods appropriate to the discipline of History. Projects that consider the Canadian context are particularly welcome. Projects might include requests for seed money to develop research initiatives. Proposals are expected to advance an aspect of the history of health, health care or disease or the education of health professionals that could benefit the broader community of practitioners in the field. There is an expectation that during the period of these grants or within a year of their completion, one or more conference papers or publications/presentations will result from this funding.

Application Process
Review Process
Assessment Criteria
Resources and Assistance



To apply for an AMS Project Grant, the Principal Investigator (PI) must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident AND meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be employed as a health professional in Canada by a health care organization/ health authority/ provincial/national government, or
  • Be a researcher with an academic appointment at a Canadian university or affiliated research institution or hold an appointment (with research responsibilities) at an affiliated hospital/research centre/institute,or
  • Be employed by a health professions organization, eg., CMA, CNA, MCC, or a health professions regulatory body located in Canada.

Special Eligibility Considerations

Ethics Approval

If ethics approval is required to complete the suggested project, the principal investigator must be able to provide documentation from a Tri-Council Compliant Ethics Board demonstrating that an acceptable review has been completed and the project approved.

Academic Appointments

The NSHRF considers the following to be academic appointments:

  • Tenured appointments
  • Tenure-track appointments
  • Probationary tenure-track appointments
  • Limited-term appointments
  • Continuing appointments
  • Clinical scientists, clinical faculty or other appointments approved by a senior official approved (i.e., CEO or VP Research)

Adjunct and instructor positions are not considered academic appointments

Limited Term Appointment

Applicants with limited term appointments are eligible to apply, however, the applicant must either:

  1. complete the grant funding period before the end date of the appointment, or
  2. provide confirmation from the employing institution that the appointment will be renewed.

Applicants with a limited term appointment must clearly indicate the end date of the appointment on their CCVs. They must also provide a letter from a senior official at their institutions indicating the start and end dates of their appointments. PIs holding a limited term appointment that ends prior to the funding end date are eligible to apply; if successful, a condition of funding will be institutional confirmation of a new appointment.

Funding Amount and Duration

A maximum of $10,000 per grant will be issued for a funding period of one year.

Please note: Funded projects may begin on the first of any month between September 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019. The project should not take longer than one year.

Multiple Submissions

Applications can be submitted for more than one grant. Related (but not duplicate) applications are permitted, provided the applicant clearly demonstrates how each application will be unique and can be implemented independently.

Dates and Deadlines Application Available in GMS: February 1, 2018
Deadline: April 6, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. (AST)
Results Available: July 2018
Funds Available: September 4, 2018


Application Process

Step 1:
Confirm Eligibility

Consider whether you meet the eligibility criteria (outlined above).

If applicants have any questions about their eligibility, they are encouraged to contact the Manager, Research Programs before submitting an application.

Step 2:
Review Application Requirements

Be sure to carefully review all application documents:

2018-19 AMS Project Grant Application Requirements (PDF): detailed information on how to apply for this grant opportunity. Be sure to fulfill all application requirements.

Eligible Expenses Guidelines: this explains for what purposes grant funds may be used. The document is attached to the AMS Project Application Requirements as Appendix 1.

Apply using the Grants Management System (GMS) and Canadian Common CV (CCV): this will ensure you create the account necessary for electronic submission of your application (required) AND AND a CCV, a necessary component for applicants with an academic appointment.

Peer Review Guidelines (PDF): For further information on how your application will be assessed by reviewers

Institution Agreement Form: The form must be filled out and included with your application.

Step 3:
Register in NSHRF’s Grants Management System (GMS)
Applications must be submitted through NSHRF’s online Grants Management System (GMS).

To access the application in GMS, the Principal Investigator (PI) must create an account. For step-by-step instructions for creating an account, please click here.

Step 4: Complete Application

To apply, login to GMS to access the application, where information will be either entered directly into GMS or uploaded as PDF documents.

Be sure to upload a scanned or electronic copy of the completed Institution Agreement Form.

See the Application Requirements for detailed instructions.

Step 5: Obtain Team Member Application Consent Ensure all team members have provided their consent in GMS prior to submitting application.
More information about these steps is outlined in the Application Requirements.

Review Process

  1. NSHRF staff will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. A peer review panel composed primarily of medical historians will review applications in accordance with Peer Review Guidelines and the assessment criteria outlined below.

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used by the peer review committee to assess AMS Project Grant applications. For the complete Peer Review Scoring Rubric, click here.

Project Description

  • Clarity, scope and appropriateness of objectives
  • Clarity of method, including limitations
  • Appropriateness of method to the discipline of History of Medicines
  • Appropriate consideration of chronology, change over time and periodization, as appropriate
  • Potential contribution to History of Medicine and advanced of the field in Canada or elsewhere, if relevant.
  • The quality and appropriateness of the kind of sources being consulted
  • The appropriateness and impact of the scholarly questions/themes/debates being engaged
  • Appropriateness of the plan for presentation and publication.

Work Plan and Timeline

  • Clarity and feasibility of project timeline
  • Clarity and feasibility of project activities
  • Alignment of timeline and work plan with objectives

Team Composition

  • Clarity and appropriateness of team member roles and responsibilities
  • Relevance and scope of expertise and experience of the PI and team members, including peer reviewed publications, presentations and previous research awards or grants
  • Appropriateness of the PI’s environment to enable the conduct and success of the research project
  • Potential of team to successfully conduct proposed research
  • Clarity of mentorship role and potential contribution to project


  • Appropriateness and adequacy of budget expenses and their justification
  • Availability of in-kind contributions and other sources of funding
Overall Merit of the Proposal
  • Significance of proposed research and expected contribution to understanding, interpreting, or creating knowledge in the field of the history of medicine
  • The potential of the investigator/research team to succeed in the activities proposed


Resources and Assistance

GMS and CCV Support

Information on using the Grants Management System (GMS) and Canadian Common CV (CCV) is available here.

For technical questions regarding the GMS or CCV, contact the NSHRF Help Desk at 902.424.4043 or Please allow 1-2 business days for a response.