The Department of Surgery funds research via an annual grant competition. Grants are available to fund faculty research programs, as well as pilot studies, junior faculty research, and resident research projects.

Important message about all DoS grant competitions

The same project should not be submitted to multiple competitions in the same year.
Only one award will be made per person (when submitting to multiple competitions closing at the same time).
For each individual competition, there is a one-year embargo after a successful application.
Select the most appropriate competition for your career stage and project type.
Scroll down for grants available and a list of previous winners.

Junior Faculty Research Grants (JFRG)

Big Data Grants (BDG)

In partnership with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa, the Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the competition for the Big Data Grants.

Note: Faculty members may submit to multiple competitions, but only one the project/program will be awarded annually to each member.

Surgical Seed Grants (SSG)

In partnership with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa, the Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the competition for the Surgical Seed Grants.

  • Support for new projects ($25k)
  • SSG Guidelines and SSG Template (pdf, 114 KB)
  • New in 2024: An additional Surgical Seed Grant has been reserved for a new research project in any of the following domains: wellness, EDIA, mentorship/coaching, global surgery, planetary health, or social accountability. Indicate eligibility (check box) at the time of submission.
  • Submit your Surgical Seed Grant Proposal
  • Deadline: February 1 at 23:59 annually

Note: Faculty members may submit to multiple competitions, but only one grant will be awarded per faculty member annually. 

Medical Summer Student (MSS): Matching Funds for PI

  • Coordinated with the FoM Medical Summer Student Program
  • Details (including amount) will be provided subsequent to FoM Annual Call for Proposals / Applications
  • Matching funds will be available on a competitive basis
  • Live grant competition held at the annual DoS Research Half Day ($20k).
  • Pre-competition Deadline:  November 1 at 23:59 annually
  • Submit Wolves' Den Proposal CLOSED

FoM Translational Research Grants

including DoS and FoM Basic Science Departments
  • Funding for collaborative projects between clinical and basic scientists ($50k)
  • Managed through the Faculty of Medicine (contact the Research Office - Faculty of Medicine <[email protected]>)

Local sources for research funding outside of the Department of Surgery (i.e., from uOttawa, TOH. TOHAMO, etc)

List of external funding agencies

DoS Grant Winners

Scroll to view the previous winners of DoS Research Program Awards (RPA), Junior Faculty Research Grants (JFRG), Wolves' Den Grants (WD), Resident Research Grants (RRG), Big Data Grant (BDG), and Surgical Seed Grants (SSG).

Since 2017:

YearDoS Grant TypeAwardeeGrant Title
2023WDGrammatopoulos, GeorgePAtient-oriented Consensus to define top 10-research priorities in Total hip arthroplasty: The PACT Initiative
2023RPAZhang, JingIs oncoplastic breast surgery a better alternative to mastectomy with immediate reconstruction? A prospective cohort study comparing the clinical and patient-reported outcomes 
2023RPAWerier, JoelVirtual Reality 3D modelling of complex sarcomas for enhanced surgical planning and patient experience
2023RPALapner, PeterRevisiting Value and Efficacy (REVIVE) A Quality Improvement Initiative in Arthroscopic Cuff Repair
2023JFRGGawad, NadaThe concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in trauma training programs in Canada: A qualitative study
2023JFRGWitherspoon, LukePhase 2 trial evaluating a novel fractionated CO2 laser in the treatment of chronic phase Peyronie’s disease
2023SSGVilleneuve, JamesOptimizing Post-Operative Recovery: A Quality Improvement Program for Same Day Discharge After Pulmonary Wedge Resections
2023SSGAbdelbary, HeshamInvestigating the feasibility of utilizing bacteriophages as a novel diagnostic platform for the rapid detection of slow growing organisms causing implant-associated infections
2023RRGHu, RichardComparison of BioLIFT vs LIFT for the treatment of trans-sphincteric anal fistula: a systematic review and meta-analysis
2023RRGNayak, AmeetaSurgeon Variability in Oncologic and Patient Reported Outcomes in Radical Prostatectomy
2022WDGarceau, SimonRoutine Psycho-Periprosthetic Joint Infection Care: A Multidisciplinary Care Model
2022RPAMartel, GuillaumeGenerating an evidence base for the transfusion of red blood cells in non-cardiac surgery
2022RPAAbdelbary, HeshamA Single-surgery Multipurpose AntimicRobial implanT (SMART) design to treat periprosthetic joint infections
2022RPAGrammatopoulos, GeorgeCellular and molecular characterization of the aging- and arthritic- hip’s intra-articular adipose tissue
2022BDGSeely, AndrewLong Term Outcomes and Costs Secondary to Postoperative Adverse Events after Thoracic Surgery
2022BDGArnaout, AngelThe influence of Covid19 on virtual cancer care: What’s the impact on patient outcomes, equity and health system costs in Ontario?
2022SSGSmit, KevinThe use of modern smart phones to detect and monitor scoliosis in adolescents
2022SSGMalic, ClaudiaEffective and Evidence based Recovery After Surgery: An Efficient, Safe and Patient-centric approach (EERAS-ESP)
2022JFRGRekman, JanelleWhat is the impact of shared care surgical practices on trainee education? A phenomenological qualitative study
2022JFRGPickell, MichaelThickening of the zone of calcified cartilage interfacing articular cartilage and subchondral bone during osteoarthritis
2022RRGLenet, ToriA Delphi survey to generate consensus among international experts on elements of an intraoperative transfusion protocol
2022RRGKhazoom, FrancoisEffectiveness of 18F-FDG-PET/CT in the Diagnosis of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
2021WDWilkin, GeoffreyBacteriophage therapy to improve the treatment of Fracture-Related Infection - Send in the Viruses!
2021RPAArnaout, AngelA Phase II Randomized Trial Evaluating Clinical and Biological effects of INT230-6 in Early Stage Breast Cancer
2021RPAPapp, StevenHip fracture Patient and the use of IndwElling vs IntermittEnt catheterization pilot study (PEE Study)
2021RPAChan, VincentREvascularization and Valve intervention for Ischemic Valve disease - REVIVE Trial
2021JFRGAtassi, TalalHemiarch vs. Extended arch in Aortic Dissection – a SystemaTic Analysis by Randomized Trial (HEADSTART)
2021JFRGRoberts, DerekDesigning a Canadian Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Use of Neuraxial and General Anesthesia for Lower Limb Revascularization Surgery
2021RRGLamb, TylerImpact of Race and Socioeconomic Status on Time to Intervention in Patients with Traumatic Hemorrhage
2021RRGStrauss, ShiraOptimizing Risk Factor Management for Vascular Surgery Patients through an Automated Referral Program to the Vascular Risk Factor Clinic: A Quality Improvement Initiative
2020RRGGawad, NadaMy On Call (MOC) Pager App: Managing pages safely
2020RRGOjaghi, RezaEffects of Adductor Canal Block Injection Location on the Effectiveness of Regional Anesthesia: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effect on Postoperative Analgesia and Motor Power
2020JFRGLavallée, LukeA research program to improve quality of care for patients with bladder cancer
2020JFRGPickell, MikeChanges in the zone of calcified cartilage interfacing articular cartilage and subchondral bone during osteoarthritis
2020RPAAbdelbary, HeshamHarnessing unique antibiofilm properties of bacteriophage to augment antibiotic therapy in implant associated infections
2020RPACarsen, SashaAdolescent ACL: Development of a clinical prediction rule in order to optimize post-operative recovery and avoid re-injury
2020RPASachs, AdamRestoring function with thought: Augmenting neuroprosthetic performance in the severely disabled with cognitive brain signals and deep learning
2020WDGrammatopoulos, GeorgeIntra-Articular Adipose Tissue:  biomarker and therapeutic target for arthritic hip joints
2019TRGAbdelbary, Heshamse of a Novel, Clinically Representative Hip Replacement Rat Model to Asses Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm-based Periprosthetic Joint Infections
2019TRGGrau, JuanAnalysis of Human Tissues to Identify Specific Cellular Resistance to Atherosclerosis: A Translational Research Approach
2019TRGNessim, CarolynBuilding a cell atlas of human sarcoma through single-cell-RNA-sequencing
2019WDAlkherayf, FahadIntraoperative continuous flash visual evoked potentials monitoring during minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery, a novel approach to improve patient outcome
2019RPAGilbert, SebastienEnhancing quality of care for patients who require chest tube drainage through design, implementation, and validation of an artificial intelligence-based clinical decision support system
2019RPABreau, RodneyThe impact of adjuvant androgen deprivation following radical prostatectomy on prostate cancer recurrence
2019RPALapner, PeterApproach to Management of the Retroverted Glenoid in Shoulder Arthroplasty: A Pilot Randomized Control Trial
2019JFRGMusselman, ReillyManagement and outcomes of colon and rectal cancer in elderly patients in Ontario
2019JFRGSmit, KevinIs Spinal Motion Preserved Following Vertebral Body Tethering for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis?
2018WDAbdelbary, HeshamUsing a novel 3D printed titanium hip replacement rat model to anatomically map biofilm formation in surrounding tissues of a periprosthetic joint infection
2018RPALavallée, LukeA new research program to prevent perioperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) and reduce variability in care in cancer surgery
2018RPABoodhwani, MunirTreatment In Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm: Surgery versus. Surveillance (TITAN: SvS)
2018RPATsai, EveTranslational Human Tissue Research Program
2018JFRGCarsen, SashaFunctional capacity of the knee joint before and after surgery in pediatric males and females after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury: Optimizing recovery, preventing re-injury
2018JFRGAlkherayf, FahadComparison of the effects seen with early exercise intervention versus late exercise intervention on pain and neurodynamic mobility following unilateral lumbar microdiscectomy: A Randomized Controlled Trial
2017WDWerier, JoelThe development and feasibility of a Virtual Multidisciplinary Cancer Conference (vMCC) for metastatic bone disease to improve quality of care across the Champlain LHIN
2017RPAVilleneuve, Patrick JamesClinical and molecular determinants that predict prognosis in lung cancer
2017RPAHickling, DuaneUse of antimicrobial peptides against UTI
2017RPAAuer, Rebecca Perioperative strategies to improve cancer outcomes
2017RPAArnaout, AngelPerioperative strategies to improve cancer outcomes
2017RPANasr, AhmedPediatric Surgery - Advancing evidence-based practice with shared decision making
2017RPABreau, RodneyLysine analogues during cancer surgery
2017RPAMartel, GuillaumeResearch program to minimize preventable & inappropriate blood product transfusions in liver surgery