Women in IBD Research Award

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to submit nominations as early as possible.

The deadline for nominations is July 15 by 5:00 pm ET.

Award Description: This award recognizes an exceptional female basic or clinical researcher who has been an inspirational leader and role model in the field of IBD research and contributed significantly to advancing the mission of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.

Prize amount: $20,000 (For investment in the recipient’s research program) The recipient of this award will have their travel, accommodation and conference fees paid to attend the Meeting of the Minds conference in Toronto, ON. They will be recognized at the Meeting of the Minds conference and have an opportunity to present their work.

Eligibility: Female IBD basic or clinical researchers in Canada. Nominee must be affiliated with an academic institution in Canada.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the nomination form below
  2. Attach a letter of support from the nominating applicant, the nominee’s department head, or an IBD colleague
  3. Attach a CV highlighting the nominee’s accomplishments as it pertains to this award

Nomination criteria: Self-nominations and nominations by IBD colleagues will be accepted.  

Selection criteria: Nominations will be evaluated for demonstrated innovation and leadership in the field of IBD research in Canada as well as commitment to the mission of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. The recipient will be selected by a Selection Panel comprised of individuals from the following groups, at the discretion of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, and as appropriate:

  • Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Scientific and Medical Advisory Council;
  • Canadian Community of Practice of IBD Nurses (CANIBD) members;
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Canada IBD patient volunteers;
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Canada staff; or
  • Other individuals as deemed necessary by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

Evaluation guidelines (Based on applicant responses, letter of support, and nominee CV):

  • Evidence of positively impacting the IBD community and/or patient care in Canada
  • Evidence of leadership role(s) impacting IBD research, quality of care, and/or policies in Canada
  • Contribution to the mission and values of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
  • Quality of recommendation from letter of support

Nomination form

The name of the individual you are nominating
Your name
Max 250 words
Max 250 words
Files must be below 10 MB in size
Files must be below 10 MB in size


Recipients of the Women in IBD: Outstanding Researcher Award include:

2023     Dr. Yasmin Nasser, Calgary, AB
2022     Dr. Dana Philpott, Toronto, ON
2021     Dr. Maitreyi Raman, Calgary, ON
2020     Dr. Elena Verdu, Hamilton, ON

Recipients of the Women in IBD: Emerging Researcher Award include:

2023     Dr. Heather Armstrong, Winnipeg, MB
2022     Dr. Cathy Lu, Calgary, AB
2021     Dr. Amanda Ricciuto, Toronto, ON
2020     Dr. Vivian Huang, Toronto, ON

Contact Information

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

Research Grants Administrator
Email: research...crohnsandcolitis...ca  

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  • 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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