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The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, in partnership with Shire Pharma Canada ULC, Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Allergan Canada, are pleased to announce the availability of five (Shire-2, Ferring-2, Allergan-1) Resident Research Awards. These awards are designed to encourage research during clinical training and provide a foundation for research activities after gastroenterology training has been completed. The long-term goal is to stimulate research interests (basic science or clinical) in gastroenterology residents and also promote full-time faculty involvement in the research training of residents.

  • The application may be on any aspect of basic or clinical research.
  • Research can be conducted as a 3-month block or longitudinally over 1-year period (priority will be given to prospective over retrospective studies).
  • The value of the award is $5,000. The award is to support the research project and is not a stipend.
  • Applicants must be enrolled (or have accepted a place) in a recognized Canadian Gastroenterology Resident program.
  • A letter from your Program Director must be provided, verifying PGY Resident status.
  • Applicants must not have held a CAG Resident Research Award; this is a one-time award.
  • The applicant must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status.
  • The proposed supervisor must be a CAG member, in good standing for at least three years, at the time of submission of the application.

Application Process

Step One: Submit Application - Deadline is February 8 11:59 PM ET


Applicants MUST submit their application using the online application form.  All fields marked with an * must be completed.

PLEASE NOTE that you must submit the online application INCLUDING uploading of all required documents (in PDF format), in one single step; you are not able to save your application and return to it at a future date, rather it must be completed all at one time.

In order to prepare your application materials, applicants should print this blank application in order to review and prepare the required information and documentation which must be uploaded as a number of individual PDF files.  Applicants should share the blank application with their supervisor well in advance of the application deadline.  The supervisor will need to:
a.     provide the completed signature page
b.     provide the required documentation, outlined below, for upload
c.     verify, by initialing and dating each page, the authenticity of the trainees transcripts
d.     verify, by initialing and dating each page, the authenticity of any letters of support

During your completion of the online application you will be asked to upload required documentation; you must have these PDF documents prepared, finalized, and ready to upload when you begin the online application.
1.     proof of permanent residency (if you are not a Canadian citizen)
2.     copies of transcripts, initialed and dated on each page by your supervisor, from your most
        recently completed degree as well as your ongoing degree
3.     a summary (maximum 1 page) of your research-related experience including a list of references/publications
4.     a research proposal (maximum 2 pages)
5.     a list of your supervisor's research funding details
6.     a list of your supervisor's experience (i.e. trainees and their details)
7.     letters of support (optional)
8.     the completed signature page

Upon successful submission you will be directed to a webpage that confirms the successful submission and within a short period of time you will receive an email from the CAG National Office confirming receipt of your submission.  If this does not occur, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PLEASE ENSURE ALL ATTACHMENT FILE NAMES DO NOT CONTAIN SPECIAL CHARACTERS. This includes but is not limited to  ! * # ; ? \ / : " < > |.

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Step Two: Review

The applications will be reviewed and ranked by Research Affairs. Applicants will be notified during May. Funding will be available by July 1 and must be used within one year.

Step Three: Approval

The award will be made on the basis of suitability and excellence of:

  • The applicant, based on previous scholastic and academic records.
  • The research proposal, with emphasis on the applicant's role in an ongoing project illustrating how the project provides an introduction to research in the broad field of Gastroenterology.
  • The environment where the research is to be carried out including the proposed supervisor(s) experience.

Step Four: Post-Program Submission

A short summary (1-2 pages) of your work, including results and a list of any publications (abstracts, papers, and presentations) must be submitted no later than one month after completion of the award term.