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CanSAGE Research Grant

One grant, in the amount of $5,000, is available for 2023-2024.

Applications are now closed for 2023.

Announcement of the grant recipient will be on June 22, 2023

Overview of the CanSAGE Research Grant Program


The CanSAGE research grant is a catalyst grant for gynecologic research, targeted to early-career clinicians, for pilot work that will produce data for a potentially larger grant application. 

Target Area

The CanSAGE research grant is targeted to the field of gynecology, with preference for topics relevant to minimally invasive surgery, surgical education, and physician wellness.


The principal applicant must be a CanSAGE member in Canada who is an OB/GYN Resident, MIGS Fellow, or Gynecologist in the first 5 years of practice. The recipient must be an early-career clinician-investigators, defined as 5 years following postgraduate training (allowing for leaves of absence).

Candidate Selection

The CanSAGE research selection committee will select the recipient of the grant.
Announcement of the grant recipient will be on June 22, 2023.
The recipient will then receive the grant on September 1, 2023.


One grant of $5000 is available for 2023-2024. The funding must be used to complete research, and cannot be use for capital costs. Funding may be used for educational program development, as long as a research component is also reviewed.

Research Completion

The recipient will have 1 year to complete the project. Upon completion of the research, the recipient must provide a written report to the CanSAGE board and also present at the annual meeting.

About the Review Process & Criteria

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by the CanSAGE grants committee and/or by invited external reviewers if the grant committee requires additional expertise.
The grants committee will score the applications (recusing themselves from any applications which would represent a conflict of interest). The scores will be compiled, the applications discussed, and the most meritorious application selected for funding on a conference call.
Application review decisions are final.

Review Criteria

The main focus of consideration will be;

Scientific merit of the project
Relevance of the proposal to the therapeutic area(s)
Environment (and mentor, if applicable)
Career trajectory

Submit the following materials as part of your application:

Title Page

1 page maximum, including:

  • Team description: Principal applicant, mentor, co-applicants, collaborators, patient partners. As the principal applicant will be an early-career investigator, they should choose a middle-career or senior investigator as a mentor.
  • Names, positions, affiliations of each team member.
  • Contact information for the principal applicant.


3 pages maximum, 2cm margins, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman.
Figures and tables are separate to the 3 page maximum. References should be attached in the Appendix.

  • 0.5 page: Introduction.
  • 1.5 page: Methods (including Objective, Aims, Hypothesis, Sample Size Estimation, Timelines).
  • 0.5 page: Expected outcomes and significance; Knowledge Translation.
  • 0.5 page: Future research and plans to apply for a future larger grant application.

Mentor Letter of Support

1 page maximum that describes the mentorship plan and institutional support (research space, statistical services, etc).


  • Submitted for Applicant and Mentor.
  • 3 pages maximum, free form, and can include but not limited to: training background, current position, peer-reviewed publications (provide #’s and examples of recent work), current grants.


  • References.
  • Other letters of support (optional).
  • Itemized budget (1 page maximum).

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