DoS surgeons compete for $20k for their research project in the Wolves’ Den (i.e., protocols are pre-screened, ranked, and critiqued live by the surgical wolves [experienced researchers]).


To award the strongest grant proposal from DoS staff surgeons in a live competition.


DoS Research Half Day - Wolves' Den Session: December 14, 2023 at 4-5 pm.

2023 Wolves



Dr. Vince Chan


  • Only DoS faculty members are eligible to submit to the Wolves’ Den grant competition.

  • Substitute presenters are not permitted (unless approved in advance of the live competition).

  • All proposals will be ranked, but only the top 3 will present at the live competition.

  • Proposal submission portal, deadlines, and other grants are on the DoS Grants page.

Guidelines for writing proposals

All proposals will:

  • Be limited to ~650 words (exactly 4000 characters);

  • Include headings like background, objective, methods, impact, and budget (overview).

Successful proposals will:

  • Articulate how they will lead to high-impact publications and/or further grant funding;

  • Demonstrate their impact on patient care;

  • Demonstrate patient engagement, i.e., as partners in the research process;

  • Demonstrate consideration of equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) throughout;

  • Describe the impact of the $20k grant on the project (whose overall costs may exceed $20k).

Review criteria will include an assessment of the following:

  • A clearly articulated and feasible objective;

  • Level of collaboration (including with patients) and innovation in the proposal;

  • Design of the methods (including consideration of EDI) to address the stated objectives;

  • Likelihood of impactful publication;

  • Likelihood of external grant funding;

  • Impact of $20k on the project.


  • The top-3 protocols identified through a pre-competition by expert reviewers;

  • The top-3 proposals will be present to the wolves at the DoS Research Half Day;

  • Wolves will question the presenter about the proposed project;

  • Winner will be announced at the end of the Research Half Day.

Previous Wolves' Den grant winners

Year Awardee Title
2022 Dr. Simon Garceau Routine Psycho-Periprosthetic Joint Infection Care: A Multidisciplinary Care Model
2021 Dr. Geoffrey Wilkin Bacteriophage therapy to improve the treatment of Fracture-Related Infection - Send in the Viruses!
2020 Dr. George Grammatopoulos Intra-Articular Adipose Tissue:  biomarker and therapeutic target for arthritic hip joints?
2019 Dr. Fahad Alkherayf Intraoperative continuous flash visual evoked potentials monitoring during minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery, a novel approach to improve patient outcome 
2018 Dr. Hesham Abdelbary Using a novel 3D printed titanium hip replacement rat model to anatomically map biofilm formation in surrounding tissues of a periprosthetic joint infection
2017 Dr. Joel Werier The development and feasibility of a Virtual Multidisciplinary Cancer Conference (vMCC) for metastatic bone disease to improve quality of care across the Champlain LHIN