In January 2023, the Royal College Foundation (RCF) launched the Canadian Aid and Action Fund (CAAF) program. The grant supports a selected number of projects led by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) Fellows that align with the RCF’s funding priorities of leadership, learning and community. The RCF’s goal, through initiatives like the CAAF program, is to address issues impacting the Canadian medical community such as well-being, the environment and/or underserved populations.

The most recent call for applications closed on April 3, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned for updates on our next call.

Explore the application criteria below to see if your project could be eligible for CAAF support and read the FAQ to learn more about the program.

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Through the CAAF program, the RCF supports projects led by Fellows that involve the following activities in Canada:

postgraduate medical education and specialty residency training program development and expansion (i.e., capacity building);

lifelong learning for health professionals in the areas of leadership, diversity and inclusion, well-being and community building;

faculty development (workshops/courses) aimed at upskilling faculty and resident trainee competencies (both clinical and non-clinical);

physician and trainee well-being initiatives;

improving access to care for underserved and/or marginalized populations; and

train-the-trainer initiatives that address the areas above.

Eligibility Criteria

Prior to applying, please ensure the following eligibility criteria have been met in full:

may only be submitted by Fellows of the Royal College with an active membership;

must be aligned with the mandate and mission of the Royal College and the RCF, and must demonstrate impact and sustainability;

applicants must have a demonstrable collaboration with credible partners within the host province in Canada; and

applicants must demonstrate how their project will build local capacity.

Additional eligibility criteria considered to be an asset include:

financial partnership and/or support from an external partner; and

applications that demonstrate partnerships with one or more organizations in Canada (e.g., Faculty of Medicine, university, registered charitable organization, national specialty society, specialty committee, or government program).

Note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications that meet the eligibility criteria are not guaranteed to be approved for funding support. CAAF funding cannot be used to fund expenses related to payment of labour (e.g., honoraria, stipends, per diems, etc.), nor can it be used to fund research projects.