Crohn's and Colitis Canada Innovations in IBD Research (INN) 2024


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


Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s Innovations in IBD (INN) program is committed to supporting novel or innovative research on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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.


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. 

A Co-Principal Investigator is an individual who is expected to actively participate in the proposed activities but not to direct them. 

A Collaborator is an individual whose role in the proposed activities is to provide a specific service (e.g. access to equipment, provision of specific reagents, training in a specialized technique, statistical analysis, access to a patient population, etc.). 

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.

Maximum Project Value

$50,000 per grant

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

1 year beginning in April – 1 installment


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to complete and submit on line application using Proposal Central.

See application instructions.

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).


For Questions, please contact


For technical support with your online application, contact proposalCENTRAL:
1-800-875-2562 (Toll-free)

Office of Research

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

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