Internal Funding

Person conducting research at NYGH

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 and the Sellors Family.

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 spring 2019 fund recipients are:

Making connections: Developing an appreciation of indigenous health issues for family medicine residents using a virtual world café
Dr. Risa Bordman
Award: $7,200

The development of an NYGH database to predict the success of flow cytometry in the evaluation of lymph node and tissue specimens
Dr. Raheem Peerani
Award: $7,406   

Adequacy of antidepressant treatment for a new episode of depression among primary care patients with and without chronic medical conditions: a retrospective cohort study
Dr. Braden O’Neill
Award: $7,500   


See the list of past Exploration Fund recipients.