Crohn's and Colitis Canada Grant-in-Aid 2023


Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the Crohn's and Colitis Canada website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


Grant-in-Aids (GIAs) support research projects with a defined objective, conducted by an investigator working alone or in collaboration with others. GIAs support research projects directly related to IBD that are aligned with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s Promise and strategic directions.

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

Please review the attached application guidelines carefully as changes have been introduced for the 2023 grant competition.


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 Principal Investigator’s research proposed must have a clear connection to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s Promise Statement.

Principal Investigators must reside in Canada to apply for funding.   If an applicant does not hold an academic appointment at the time of submitting an application, a cover letter from the Dean of the Faculty must be uploaded to the application, indicating the planned position and the date it will take effect. Investigators in faculties other than the health sciences may also apply if the proposed research is deemed relevant to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s Promise and strategic directions. If the research is to be done in a hospital or other healthcare facility, the signature of that institution’s officer certifies that appropriate space and resources are available and will be provided to the applicant. 

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

In order 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.

Definition of an Early Career Researcher

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada follows the CIHR’s definition of Early Career Researcher. 

An early career researcher is a researcher within five years from the date of their first research-related appointment, minus eligible delays in research, where:

  • research-related appointments are defined as those where the individual has the autonomy to conduct research independently;
  • all eligible leaves (e.g. maternity, parental, medical, bereavement) are credited as twice the amount of time taken;
  • professional leaves (e.g. training, sabbatical, administrative) are not credited.
  • All time spent in research appointments/positions will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility irrespective of time spent in a clinical component or other duties (i.e. administrative, academic, etc). Should an applicant hold or have held a part-time appointment/position, CIHR will count that time as 50% (e.g., a one-year part-time appointment/position will count for 6 months towards the maximum). 

Additionally, to account for the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on research productivity, March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021 will not be counted towards years as faculty appointment.

Maximum Project Value

Maximum of $125,000 per year.

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

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to 3 years

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

External Deadline

Notice of Intent: Mandatory – Applicant to submit NOI using  on-line application portal Proposal Central

See attachment for Notice of Intent and Application Instructions and Guidelines.

Internal Deadline

Application: Applicant to submit a copy of application including signature page signed by Principle Investigator and Co-Principle Investigators (if applicable) along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Application: Applicant to complete and submit application using on line application portal propsalcentral

See attachments for Notice of Intent and Application Instructions and Guidelines

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).


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For Questions, please contact

For technical difficulties filling the online application form please contact Proposal Central at

If you have questions related to the application, please contact us at

Office of Research

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

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