Exploration Fund

In December 2012, North York General Hospital launched the Exploration Fund awards are made to a wide range of promising investigators. Exploration Fund, a competitive granting competition designed to provide initial funding for staff and physicians to develop new ideas for the delivery of care. Among the first of its kind in Canada, the Exploration Fund was seeded with a donation by Brad and Kathy Badeau, and their contribution has been augmented by the hospital, the North York General Foundation, the Sellors Family, and the Savlov Family.

The Savlov Family Paediatric Endowment Fund is a fund that supports clinical research and/or education — all pursuits to benefit paediatric care across all disciplines and departments at NYGH. The Sellors Family Research Grant is a designated time-limited fund within the Exploration Fund, to support research in the areas of autoimmune disease, neurology, and quality of life.

Awards have been made to a wide range of promising investigators, from a surgeon studying the effects of music on children undergoing elective surgery, to a geriatric emergency nurse trying multisensory interventions to help calm patients with dementia. Already, Exploration Fund recipients have leveraged the support to submit proposals for external funding, make presentations at conferences, and publish findings in peer-reviewed journals.

There are normally two competitions per year – fall and spring. For more information about the Exploration Fund, please contact the Office of Research & Innovation.
Awards from the Exploration Fund

The recipients of our fall 2017 Exploration Fund Competition are:

Motivation versus psychoeducation-infused day hospital treatment for eating disorders
Dr. Jennifer Mills
Award: $7,500

Use of the Canadian Health Care Evaluation Project (CANHELP) tool to measure the impact on patients and families of delivering palliative care through an innovative model of care at North York General Hospital
Dr. Nina Horvath
Award: $5,000