AMS: Compassion and AI Small Grant Program


AMS Healthcare and Ontario SPR Support Unit

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For additional information, please visit the program's websites for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The AMS Healthcare Compassion and Artificial Intelligence Small Grant program provides highly qualified individuals a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to the critical challenge of the impact of digital technology and artificial intelligence (DT/AI) on the delivery of compassionate healthcare. This innovative grant program is designed to support projects that will generate new knowledge and evidence to advance the education/training of undergraduate, graduate and practising healthcare professionals, and clinical, health systems and related field researchers on compassionate patient care and DT/AI.

Proposals may include development and testing of new ideas, innovation in education or practice, or knowledge translation. Projects might also include requests for seed funding to develop research initiatives. The project grants are expected to advance the education of health professionals or the provision of compassionate patient care and system delivery modalities that enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care services. There is an expectation that during the period of these grants or within a year of their completion, one or more publications/presentations will result from this funding.


To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be either:

  • An early or mid-career academic health investigator working in a CIHR eligible institution in Canada. CIHR defines a new/early career investigator as someone who has assumed his/her first independent academic position (e.g., faculty appointment) within the last five years. Mid-career is defined as five to 15 years as an independent academic; 
  • A regulated healthcare professional or an academic in a field related to/focussed on healthcare (i.e. health ethics, health law, computer scientist with an interest in health applications) working in a provincial/national health profession organization, provincial government, academic setting or a provincial/national health professional organization in Canada.

Preference will be given to applicants who reside in Ontario and are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Funding Availability

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $200,000, enough to fund ten (10) grants

Maximum Project Value

$20,000 per grant

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

two years

Special Notes

Please refer to the Office of Research COVID 19 web-page for directives related to research activities at the University of Guelph.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application, signed letter of support from college and complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to submit application by email as a single electronic file in PDF format to


PDF icon 20-21 Submission Guide180.18 KB
PDF icon 20-21 Submission Template155.41 KB
PDF icon Funding Opportunity200.71 KB
For Questions, please contact

Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit John Riley, Assistant Director E:

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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