Ministry of Health - Clinician Investigator Program Funding

What is MOH-CIP Funding?

In 2010 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) agreed to provide funding for a total of 14 positions annually at the University of Toronto to support residents who wished to pursue the Clinical Investigator Program (CIP). The funding of salary and benefits equivalent to PARO contract rates for residents in the CIP was provided in an effort to create more opportunities for postgraduate trainees to pursue careers as physician scientists, educators and researchers. There are a total of 30 MOH-CIP positions across the province.

The competition deadline for MOH-CIP applications (with a July 1, 2020 enrollment) will be January 15, 2020.

Who is eligible to receive MOH-CIP funding?

Candidates for MOH-CIP funding must be eligible to receive funding for residency training from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Eligibility requires that candidates be Canadian citizens/permanent residents, and be enrolled in an RCPSC-accredited residency program while receiving funding.

How do I apply for funding?

Residents must complete an application form available from your Residency Program Director or the CIP office (or at http://cip.utoronto.ca). New CIP residents must complete an application for MOH-CIP funding with approvals from both the Research Supervisor and the Residency Program Director and Department Chair/Business Manager.

Applicants for MOH funding who are current CIP trainees do NOT need to complete the application again. However, must indicate via email their request to be funded by MOH-CIP and whether there are any changes in any of the information provided in their original application to the CIP. As well, letters of support are required from the Research Supervisor confirming research progress to date and Program Director confirming continued departmental support, plus, a statement of current project, progress and future plans.

For both New Applicants and Current CIP trainees, please refer to the Application Checklist for required application documents.

Can I receive other grants/awards while I’m receiving my MOH funding?

Generally, residents are discouraged from receiving additional salary awards above and beyond their MOH salary and benefits; however, applicants should check with their Clinical Departments on department-specific funding policies including receiving grants and deferring them to a non-MOH funded year of research.

What are the other sources of funding to support CIP trainees beyond the one year of MOH funding?

Candidates for CIP are generally expected to apply for external funded awards through granting agencies such as CIHR. Applicants should contact their Departments about eligibility and opportunities for funding support. Some Departments elect to fund their residents directly from department research funds, or direct research grant funding to them individually.

Applicants should contact their departments regarding benefit support while funding departmentally or externally. It is recommended that departments assist with benefit coverage (extended health, dental, life insurance premiums). PARO dues and LTD premiums are the responsibility of the trainee.

How does my funding level progress while in the CIP program and when I return to residency?

Residents remain at their pre-CIP training level when they enter the CIP. Resident progression is tied to creditable clinical residency training; therefore, residents do not progress to the next training level during their research year(s).

The resident will stay at this level for the number of years that they are in research/graduate studies (full time CIP), and proceed to the next training level when they return to clinical residency training – equal to their progression through the RCPSC clinical program.

For example, a PGY3 resident in a 5-year RCPSC program will be appointed to the CIP at the PGY3 level and may stay at that level for two years – returning to full time clinical training at the PGY4 level then promoted to PGY5 in the following clinical year. According to current MOHLTC funding guidelines, residents cannot be appointed and paid at a level beyond the RCSCP length of training. For example, a resident in a 5-year training program could not be appointed and paid beyond a PGY 5 training level.

The Clinician Investigator Program is viewed as a separate RCPSC accredited program and not additional mandatory clinical or research training beyond the requirements of a RCPSC Clinical residency program. Therefore, residents will be considered to have dual certification with RCPSC. The CIP is not considered continuous training and is not part of a resident’s progression through clinical training.

Mandatory residency research training that overlaps with CIP research: Some programs, such as General Surgery or Neurosurgery, require a mandatory year of research as part of their RCPSC residency curriculum. Where a research year is mandatory, residents will be permitted to progress to the next training level during their research year.

What is the level of MOH funding?

The level of MOH-CIP funding is based on the current PARO-CAHO salary and benefit scale and is dependent on the PGY level at which you enter the CIP program. The current salary scale is found at this link http://www.myparo.ca/your-contract/#annual-salary-scale.

Does it include benefits?

Yes the MOH-CIP funding includes benefits as identified in the current PARO-CAHO agreement.

Can I receive MOH-CIP funding for more than one year?

The intent of the MOH-CIP funding provided to the University of Toronto since 2010 is to create more opportunities and capacity for trainees to pursue academic careers in research. Priority is to award MOH-CIP funding to first-time applicants.

Can I defer my MOH-CIP funding?

Since 2010, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has provided annual funding for 14 positions dedicated to CIP trainees at the University of Toronto. The funding is intended to provide the first year salary and benefit support at the appropriate PGY level for new CIP trainees who are judged to have the greatest potential to become a clinical investigator. Funding is awarded after a rigorous review of applicants by the CIP Committee and positions are funded on a merit basis on the overall strength of the application and confirmation of funding from the department for the second year of the program. MOHLTC funding is annual, one-time recurring, and not subject to accrual. As such, MOH-CIP funding cannot be deferred.

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