2018 CSCRS Research Program Applications

The Canadian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Research Operating Grant has been awarded annually since 2008 and seeks to foster and support research in Canada within the broad spectrum of colorectal surgery.  Eleven grants and $115,000 have been awarded to colorectal surgeons, general surgeons, and trainees resulting in high quality research projects and many publications.  On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the CSCRS this year, the CSCRS is pleased to offer up to two research awards, at funding levels of $10,000 and $35,000.

Funding: $10,000 and $35,000 (maximum of one each)

Application deadline: May 1, 2018

Eligibility and terms:

  • Principal or supervising investigator is a CSCRS member in good standing, and must have been a member for at least one year prior to application (two years for $35,000 award)
  • Principal or supervising investigator is a general surgeon with subspecialty certification of training in colon and rectal surgery
  • Research project should intend to produce a manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal
  • Winning proposals shall be presented at the annual CSCRS research dinner at the Canadian Surgery Forum in September of the award year
  • Progress shall be presented at one (and/or two) years after project initiation at the annual CSCRS research dinner
  • Completed project shall be submitted to CSCRS for podium presentation at the Canadian Surgery Forum
  • Manuscripts submitted for publication shall acknowledge the award from the CSCRS
  • In lieu of publication (or acceptance thereof) within two years of award granted, a report shall be submitted to the CSCRS Research Chair outlining progress towards publication submission
  • Salary support for investigators is not permitted, and budgets should be direct cost only (indirect costs will not be considered)
  • CSCRS Research Committee shall use its discretion as to whether one or both awards will be given each year
  • Research to be approved by institutional research ethics board prior to initiation (not required prior to application)

Application process and materials requested:

  • Please submit applications to the CSCRS Research Chair, Dr. Manoj J. Raval (
  • CV of the principal investigator (and of the supervising investigator if the principal investigator is a trainee)
  • Letter of support from principal or supervising investigator’s Head of Department of Surgery
  • Title page with contact information, qualifications, and titles of all investigators (principal investigator first, then supervising investigator, then all other investigators) with corresponding investigator specified
  • One page executive summary of the research proposal
  • Detailed description of the research proposal to include, but not limited to, the following (maximum 6 pages):
  • Primary aim or hypothesis
  • Significance of the project, including summary of current knowledge on the topic, anticipated outcome, and clinical relevance
  • Preliminary work completed by principal or supervising investigator, if any
  • Methodology and experimental design, including tentative timetable, means of statistical analysis and clinical interpretation, and potential limitations
  • References cited
  • A detailed budget

Application Review: The CSCRS Research Chair and several volunteer CSCRS members from across Canada will review all applications received by the deadline, and a consensus process will choose winning proposals.  Reviewers will abstain from reviewing applications where there is a conflict of interest.  The winner(s) will be notified prior to the Canadian Surgery Forum in September.



Past CSCRS Research Award Winners


Dr. Michael Laffin, for the protocol entitled:  

In Individuals with Diabetes Undergoing Elective Colorectal Surgery, Is Carbohydrate Loading Preoperatively Safe? A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

Francois LeTarte, for the protocol entitled: “Moving Toward Day Surgery for Ileostomy Closure:  A Multi-centre Randomized Controlled Trial”.

Claudya Morin, for the protocol entitled: “Prophylactic tamsulosin in prevention of post-operative urinary retention after a transanal endoscopic microsurgery: A multicentric randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial”.

Christine Keng, for the protocol entitled: “Qualitative Assessment of Patient Experiences on Transition Home from Hospital Following the Creation of a New Stoma“.

Dr. Lara J. Williams and Dr. Eric Hyun, for the protocol entitled: “A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effect of Metronidazole on Postoperative Pain and Early Complications after Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)”.

Dr. Jason Park, University of Manitoba

Dr. Husein Moloo, University of Ottawa

Dr. Carl Brown, University of British Columbia, for the protocol entitled: “A Randomized Clinical Trial of Open vs. Suture Closure in Patients with Rectal Lesions Excised Using Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery”.

Dr. Eisar Al-Sukhni, University of Toronto, for the protocol entitled: “A provincial audit to assess the quality of MRI for the staging of rectal cancer in Ontario”.

Dr. Devon Richardson, Dalhousie University, for the protocol entitled: “Canadian practice patterns in rectal cancer care””.

Dr. Guillaume Martel, University of Ottawa, for the protocol entitled: “Evaluating Surgical Outcomes: A Systematic Comparison of Evidence from Randomized Trials and Observational Studies in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery”.