Crohn's and Colitis Canada Innovations in IBD Research


Opportunity type:



Crohn's and Colitis Canada

Award amount and duration:

up to $50,000 for one year




Faculty, Postdoc

Postdoctoral fellows or 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 investigator for grant support of their
research. The research proposed must have a clear connection to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s
Promise. Principal Investigators must reside in Canada to apply for funding. Co-Principal
Investigators based outside of Canada are acceptable.

In order to be eligible to receive funding for an INN grant from Crohn’s and Colitis Canada,
recipients must be members of the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada IBD Research Institute.


Through the Innovations in IBD (INN) Research Program, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is committed
to funding novel or innovative approaches to IBD research. INN grants support research projects
with a defined objective, conducted by an investigator working alone or in collaboration with
others. INN grants support research projects directly related to IBD that are aligned with Crohn’s
and Colitis Canada’s Promise and strategic directions.

The program is intended to stimulate and support IBD-related research which may not be
encompassed within the boundaries of other research funders. This includes pilot projects and high risk but innovative ideas that could potentially contribute significantly to the advancement of
finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and/or improving the quality of life of
people with these diseases. This competition will fund innovative projects deemed scientifically
excellent, will refine hypotheses and/or produce preliminary data that will help seed larger
projects, and have the potential to improve diagnosis, therapy, or prevention of IBD.

There are a number of 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 that focus 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 $50,000 for one year.
• 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).

All proposals must conform to sound principles of research and all studies involving human
subjects and/or animals must be reviewed and approved by an appropriate Institutional Review
Board of a recognized institution before funding flows.


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


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:

  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 Innovations in IBD Research
Pilot Projects
High Risk
Health Research