2020 CSCRS Research Program Applications

PLEASE NOTE:  With the COVID-19 situation changing daily, we may extend application deadlines, application review timelines, award dates, and so on.  Much will depend on whether the Canadian Surgery Forum is held this year.  Currently the plan is to move forward with CSF, but these are unprecedented times with unpredictable consequences.  First and foremost, please look after yourselves, your families and your patients (with all due precaution) during this trying time.

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.  Fourteen grants and over $200,000 have been awarded to colorectal surgeons, general surgeons, and trainees resulting in high quality research projects and many publications.  The CSCRS is pleased to offer up to $20,000 of grant funding in 2020.

Funding: Up to $20,000 (Up to two grants of $10,000 each)

Application deadline: June 1, 2020

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
  • 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, c/o cscrs@cscrs.ca with e-mail subject line, “2020 CSCRS Research Grant Application”
  • 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
  • Detailed description of the research proposal to include, but not limited to, the following (maximum 8 pages):
    • Page 1: 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
    • Page 2: One page executive summary of the research proposal
    • Pages 3-8:
      • Primary research question, objective 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 score them according to a standardized method and score sheet, adapted from CIHR criteria as follows:



Reviewers will not review applications where there is a conflict of interest. The winner(s) will be notified prior to the Canadian Surgery Forum in September with sufficient time to make travel arrangements.


2020 CSCRS Research Grant Application Instructions (downloadable version)