Crohn's and Colitis Canada Grants-In-Aid of Research


Opportunity type:



Crohn's and Colitis Canada

Award amount and duration:

up to $125,000 per year for up to three years





Principal Investigator Eligibility

Investigators who hold an academic appointment at a Canadian University in a Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, or other Graduate Faculty are eligible to apply to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada as principal investigators for grant support of their research.

The Principal Investigator’s proposed research must connect to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s Promise. Principal Investigators must reside in Canada to apply for funding.

In any given year, a researcher may apply as a Principal Investigator on one GIA and a Co-Principal Investigator on another GIA grant application. Funding under other specific Crohn’s and Colitis Canada programs (for example, Innovations in IBD, GEM Project, or personnel award) do not restrict eligibility for GIAs.

To be eligible to receive funding for a GIA from Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, recipients must be members of the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada IBD Research Institute.


GIAs support research projects with a defined objective, conducted by an investigator working
alone or in collaboration. GIAs support research projects related to IBD aligned with Crohn’s and
Colitis Canada’s Promise and strategic directions.

There are several diseases and conditions that are associated with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative
colitis (e.g., liver, intestinal cancer, arthritis, ophthalmologic) that can impact the lives of patients
with IBD. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will consider applications focusing on IBD-associated
diseases and conditions. However, applicants submitting an application focused on IBD-
associated diseases and conditions must provide a strong rationale for how their project aligns
with the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Promise.

Funding is limited to a maximum of $125,000 annually for up to three years. These funds may be
used to:
• Pay technician and/or student salaries;
• Purchase materials, supplies, and items of equipment (maximum $5,000 annually);
• Buy and maintain animals and;
• Support travel costs (maximum $2,500 annually).

Within three years of their first faculty appointment at a Canadian institution, applicants may use
up to $25,000 in Year One of the $125,000 maximum to purchase materials, supplies, and
equipment needed to start a new laboratory. Justification must support the need for and cost
estimates of such materials and equipment.


Please review Grant Guidelines here

Please review Application Instructions here


Not applicable


Application deadlines

RSO detailed review deadline

September 18, 2023 - 4:00 PM

RSO final internal review deadline

October 3, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Program application deadline

October 6, 2023 - 3:00 PM

Application deadlines

Notice of Intent to Apply (no submission to Research Services needed)

August 1, 2023 - 3:00 PM


NOTE: Consult your Faculty Associate Dean (Research) (ADR) regarding Faculty-specific deadlines and submission processes.

Principal Investigators: Complete a Research Management System (RMS) record, including a copy of your complete application, and submit this for approvals in RMS.

Postdocs, students, and trainees: For fellowships and externally-sponsored research training awards or opportunities, you must complete the Research Funding Application Approval (RFAA) Trainee PDF form, and submit it, along with a complete copy of the application, to Research Services at Trainees should not use RMS at this time.

Approvals: The University of Calgary requires that all funding applications be approved prior to submission. Approval requires signatures via either RMS or the RFAA Trainee form, in the following order:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Department Head
  • Faculty ADR/Dean
  • Research Services (on behalf of the Vice-President Research)

Read the Meaning of Grant Signatures policy to understand what your approval means. Please see the agency guidelines for details about which signatures are required on your application, as it may differ from internal requirements.

Late submissions: Late submissions will only be accepted in cases of medical or family emergencies, or other exceptional circumstances. If you submit your RMS record to Research Services after the internal deadline has passed, you must secure additional approvals. Please read: Late Applications Process.

Additional Information

Submission Instructions:

NOI is non-competitive so no submission to Research Services required. Complete the abstract submission at Proposal Central by 3PM Mountain time on August 1, 2023.

For Full Application:

  1. Complete Full Application on the Proposal Central system and download a preview copy as pdf
  2. To initiate internal approvals, complete the Pre-Award/Application record in RMS (, attach the pdf preview of your completed Application, and submit for approvals from your department head and/or faculty Associate Dean (Research). *Important: when submitting in RMS, please ensure that you allow time for academic approvals prior to the Research Services review deadline of 12:00pm on September 27, 2023
  3. Once these approvals are obtained, RMS will automatically forward the Application record to Research Services for institutional review and approval.
  4. Research Services will review, provide feedback (by email) if necessary, and will provide the institutional approval. If digital or wet-ink signatures are required, we will provide the capping institutional signature and will advise when ready.
  5. Full Applications, including any supplementary documentation, should be submitted to the agency via the portal on October 2, 2023 by 3:00PM Mountain Time

Contact Details


Crohn's and Colitis Canada Grants-In-Aid of Research
Early Career Researchers
IBD Research
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