Research Awards

Research Leadership Award

The nomination process has not started for 2019. Watch for further updates.​

The winner of this award will have their travel, accommodation, and conference fees paid to attend the Meeting of the Minds conference in Toronto on November 1st and 2nd, 2019.​

They will be recognized at the Meeting of the Minds conference and have an opportunity to present their work. 

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership and contributed significantly to advancing Crohn's and colitis research in Canada and has made an exceptional leadership contribution to the mission of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. 

Nominated by their fellow scientists, recipients of the Research Leadership Award have made an exceptional contribution to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s Promise to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the lives of children and adults living with these chronic diseases.

Nomination criteria: 

IBD scientists and researchers in Canada are eligible to be nominated. Nominations can be submitted by fellow scientists and IBD researchers. 

Submitting a Nomination

Nominees must complete the online application form below. Please note, applications are no longer being accepted via email or mail. If you encounter any difficulties with the online application forms, please contact research@crohnsandcolitis.ca

To nominate an individual for the Research Leadership award, click HERE.

Past Winners include:

2018      Dr. Laura Sly, Vancouver, BC

Rising Star Award

The nomination process has not started for 2019. Watch for further updates.

The winner of this award will have their travel, accommodation, and conference fees paid to attend the Meeting of the Minds conference in Toronto on November 1st and 2nd, 2019​.


They will be recognized at the Meeting of the Minds conference and have an opportunity to present their work. 

This award recognizes an outstanding investigator in the early stages of his/her career. This award acknowledges the basic or clinical research accomplishments of a junior/newly emerging investigator in the field of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, within 5 years of their first faculty appointment. The five year period criterion will be extended for individuals who have taken extended leaves of absence due to life circumstances such as parental or sick leave.

Nominated by their fellow scientists, recipients of the Rising Star Award are innovative and productive leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s mission. 

Nomination criteria:

Nominations can be submitted by fellow scientists and IBD researchers. IBD scientists and researchers in Canada within 5 years of their first faculty appointment are eligible to be nominated.

Submitting a Nomination

Nominees must complete the online application form available on the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada website. Please note, applications are no longer being accepted via email or mail. If you encounter any difficulties with the online application forms, please contact research@crohnsandcolitis.ca

Past Winners include:

2018      Dr. Sanjay Murthy, Ottawa, ON
2017      Dr. Reena Khanna, London, ON
2016      Dr. Eric Benchimol, Nepean, ON

Research Nomintion Form


Which Award would you like to nominate someone for?:

To make a nomination, select the appropriate Award from the two award choices.
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Name of person nominating an individual
Role/Title of person nominating an individual
Organization of person nominating an individual
Email of person nominating an individual
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Phone number of person nominating an individual
Describe how the nominee has impacted Crohn's and colitis research, practice and policy. (max 250 words)
Describe how this nominee has high potential to become a leader in the Canadian IBD research community and embody the mission and values of Crohn's and Colitis Canada. (max 250 words)
Please upload any information you believe will be of assistance to the Selection Panel as it considers this nomination. If you have any additional supporting materials (e.g. letters of support), you may attach them as a pdf document below.
Please upload any information you believe will be of assistance to the Selection Panel as it considers this nomination. If you have any additional supporting materials (e.g. letters of support), you may attach them as a pdf document here.
Please upload any information you believe will be of assistance to the Selection Panel as it considers this nomination. If you have any additional supporting materials (e.g. letters of support), you may attach them as a pdf document here.

Contact information 

If you have any questions about Crohn's and Colitis Canada grant programs or awards, please do not hesitate to connect with us. Direct your questions to:

Research Grants & Evaluation Specialist
Telephone: (416) 920-5035 ext. 252
Email: research@crohnsandcolitis.ca 

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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