How We Review and Award Funding

Because we invest so heavily in research, it is important that we support the work that is most likely to deliver results. We support peer-reviewed research – the gold standard in trying to identify the winning projects and ideas. 

Researchers and healthcare professionals across Canada are invited to submit their proposals. These proposals are reviewed by a Grant Review Committee made up of scientific experts and lay persons, which score and rank applications based on merit and relevance of the proposal to the patient community. 

The Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Board of Directors then approves funding for the most highly-ranked projects based on availability of funds. Each year, less than a quarter of the recommended grants get funding. This competitive process ensures that only the most excellent and innovative projects get funded. All Review Committee members must abide by our Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality policy

Finally, we monitor and evaluate the progress of all the research projects we fund. Grant recipients must provide annual progress and financial reports to ensure that milestones and expenses are on track.


  • 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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