In December 2012, North York General Hospital launched the
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.
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
Small grant category:
Dr. Frank Sullivan, Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family & Community Medicine, was awarded a grant to study the most important and feasible research questions in primary care in low, middle, and high-income countries. Despite the importance of primary care to health systems around the world, there has never before been a comprehensive, patient-centred study of worldwide primary care research priorities.
Dr. Tianhua Huang, Department of Genetics, for enhanced first trimester prenatal screening for Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13, two chromosomal disorders.
The Sellors Family Research Grant:
Dr. Patricia Trbovich,
Badeau Family Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, Research & Innovation, for identifying and studying human factors that play a role in safety-related intravenous infusion devices.
See the list of past Exploration Fund recipients.