Crohns's and Colitis Canada Grants-in-Aid (GIA) 2024


Crohn's and Colitis Canada

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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 Grants-in-Aid of Research Program (GIA) is committed to supporting a range of research on inflammatory bowel disease. 

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.


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.  

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 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 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.

Definition of an Early Career Researcher

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada follows the CIHR’s definition of an 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 considered 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 six 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

$125,000 annually

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to 3 years


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

External Deadline

Notice of Intent (required):  Applicants must submit a Notice of Intent to Apply via Proposal Central

Use NOI application instructions

Applicants who submit a Notice of Intent to Apply and meet the eligibility criteria are invited to submit a Full Application by the specified deadline.

Internal Deadline

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

External Deadline

Application: Applicant to complete and submit on line application using Proposal Central

Use 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).


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For Questions, please contact


Office of Research

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

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