Research Grants

Midwifery-led research, which focuses on normal pregnancy, birth, postpartum and early newborn care, is essential to supporting informed decision-making for midwives and clients.

Provided through funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Mentored Midwifery Research Grant and the Career Midwifery Research Grant support Ontario-relevant research that improves care for midwifery clients and their families. Proposals will be adjudicated by the AOM Midwifery Research Work Group (MRWG), a work group comprised of six midwife-researchers experienced in peer review. The purpose of the MRWG is to undertake work to support midwife-led research and support a midwifery research agenda.

The project must:

  • have the potential to benefit childbearing families in Ontario.
  • be a research project that reflects midwifery philosophy of care, taking into account Ontario midwives' unique scope of practice and model of care and contributing to the knowledge-base for low intervention health care.
  • be presented within the allotted budget.
  • be completed within the specified timeline.

The adjudication will consist of four steps:

  • Application screening by AOM staff to ensure eligibility, accuracy and completeness.
  • Striking a peer review committee comprised of MRWG members and external reviewers with expert knowledge on the subject matter or methodology.
  • Declaration of conflict of interest by peer reviewers, guided by the AOM's Conflict of Interest Policy.
  • All applications are reviewed by the peer review committee for merit and relevance to the objectives laid out in the application package, using the grant-specific assessment criteria (see below).

Learn more about the 2017 Midwifery Research Grant recipients and send questions about 2018 grant applications to



Mentored Midwifery Research Grant

Career Midwifery Research Grant

Amount up to $5000 up to $40,000
Applicant Eligibility
  • Must be a midwife or midwifery student in Ontario.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a Master's or PhD program or within five years of completing a Master's or PhD.
  • Must work under the supervision of a mentor (an individual who is autonomous regarding their research activities and has an academic or research appointment).

For help finding a mentor read Finding a Mentor.

  • Must be a registered midwife in Ontario.
  • Must be affiliated with a university in Ontario.
  • Can be from teams of investigators. The team must identify a single person as Principal Investigator, to whom correspondence should be directed. The Principal Investigator will be accountable to the AOM for compliance with the conditions of the award and for the provision of reports, financial statements, and all other aspects of the grant.


How to apply

Please fill out the application package by Monday, November 13, 2017.

Your package must include:

  • Application form
  • Research proposal
  • Budget form
  • CV (attached as a separate PDF)

Successful applications must provide a description of their research, results, and a report on expenses to the AOM at 12 months and at completion of the research project within 18 months, after the dissemination of the grant.

Please fill out the application package by Monday, November 13, 2017.

Your package must include:

  • Application form
  • Investigator contributions cover letter (if applicable)
  • Applicability to midwifery in Ontario summary
  • Research proposal
  • Budget form
  • CV (attached as a separate PDF)

Successful applicants will provide a description of their research and results as well as an expense report within one year and two years after the dissemination of the grant.

  Download the application package. Download the application package.


Past Research Grant Recipients

Year Established Career Midwifery Research Grant Early Career Midwifery Research Grant
2017 Liz Darling, RM, PhD Elica Elderhorst, RM
Erika Arsenault & Sam Landry