Resident Research Awards

The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology is pleased to announce the 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. Please note: Attendance at the Canadian Digestive Diseases Week™ (CDDW) conference is mandatory to receive the award.


2023 Award Recipients

Dr. Sepehr Nassiri, University of British Columbia

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Thank you OAG!




  • The application may be on any aspect of basic or clinical research.
  • Research can be conducted as a 3-month block or longitudinally over a 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.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must provide proof (letter from the Program Director) of enrollment, or acceptance in a Canadian GI training program and that they will be enrolled for the term of the award.
  • 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 awards are available to Canadian, landed immigrants, and non-Canadian applicants; Canadian and landed immigrants will be prioritized. The award must be held at a Canadian institution.
  • The proposed supervisor must be a regular CAG member (not trainee), in good standing for at least three years, at the time of submission of the application. The supervisor must maintain CAG membership during the term of the award.
  • Consideration will be given to balancing the awards across the country.
  • *Only one application, if deemed fundable, will be awarded per supervisor/laboratory.


Application Process

Step One: Application Submission - Deadline is January 31, 2024 23h59 ET

Please note that any submissions received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.

Candidates are required to submit an online application.

Submission Requirements

This online form must be completed in one single session. This form cannot save your information to return to at a later time.

The Supervisor will need to:
a) Provided the required documentation outlined below for upload
b. Verify the authenticity of the Trainee's transcripts by initialling and dating each page
c) Verify the authenticity of any letter(s) of support by initialling and dating each page

Required documentation to be uploaded as ONE PDF DOCUMENT:
1. Letter from current Program Director verifying PGY Resident status and expected duration of study
2. Copies of transcripts from your most recently completed degree and ongoing trainee position, initiated and dated on each page by your Supervisor
3. Summary of your research-related experience, including a list of references/publications (maximum 1 page)
4. Research proposal (maximum 2 pages)
5. Supervisor's research funding details
6. Supervisor's experience (i.e., trainees and their details)
7. Letter(s) of Support (optional)

Upon successful submission, you will be redirected to a confirmation webpage and will receive an email from us. If this does not occur, please contact the CAG National Office.


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Submit Application

Step Two: Review

Applicants will be notified during June.

Step Three: Approval

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

  • The applicant, based on scholastic and academic records.
  • The research proposal, with emphasis on the applicant's role in an ongoing project, illustrates 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.

Submit Post-Program Materials