Surgery GFT Research Grant Competition

Research is one of the core missions of the Department of Surgery and in this spirit the Department has provided financial support to its members to further this mission.

These awards are available annually and are intended for surgical research in which the principal investigator is a full-time member of the Department of Surgery.  The awards will have a maximum value of $15,000 and the number of awards and actual amount awarded is subject to the availability of funds.  The Surgery Research Advisory Committee of the Department accepts applications for the competition once per year in the fall. Applicants are asked to provide a Letter of Intent (LOI), which includes a title and short descriptor of the project. If accepted, applicants will be notified, by email, to submit a full application.  The grants are awarded at the Annual Department of Surgery Research Day held in January.  The term of the grant is two years and all applicants will be notified, in writing, by February 1 of the disposition of their grant.

The Surgery Research Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Surgery GFT Research Grant Competition to support research initiative undertaken by members of the Department of Surgery.

These awards are intended for research studies in which the Principal Investigator is a full-time (GFT) member of the Department of Surgery.

Only one research application will be accepted per GFT member.

Application Form

Letter of Intent
No more than one (1) page with no attachments and must include the following:

  • Name and contact information for Principal Investigator
  • Title and summary of proposed study
  • List of co-investigators
  • Funding request (to a maximum of $15,000)

Submit your Letter of Intent to:

Letter of Intent submission is now CLOSED

Thank you to all who participated!


Rakesh Arora
SUCCESS- enSUring CardiaC surgery patients thrivE following hoSpital diScharge study

Edward Buchel
Identification and characterization of mesenchymal stem cell-secreted factors that specifically regulate breast stem and progenitor cell functions and their application to breast reconstruction procedures

Ramzi Helewa
Enhancing communication between gastroenterologists and surgeons and reducing the need for repeat endoscopy: A mixed-methods analysis

Biniam Kidane
The impact of one-lung ventilation on respiratory complications after pulmonary resection

Sarvesh Logsetty
A pilot randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of disposable nitrous oxide canisters in providing improved pain control during burn dressing changes

Jasmir Nayak
A population based analysis of urologic oncology outcomes in Manitoba

Alok Pathak
Understanding the role of Akt/mTOR/NMT1 in thyroid cancer prognosis

Justin Rivard
Uncovering the relationship among melanoma, obesity and lymph node status: Prognosis and recurrence rates

Demitre Serletis
Neurodynamical features of epileptiform in vivo human intracranial EEG signals

Ashley Vergis
Development of synoptic operative reporting quality indicators for transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM)

Michael Yamashita
Characterizing thoracic aortic disease in Manitoba: Prevalence and follow-up





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Competition Opens
September 1st (or first Friday)

Letter of Intent (LOI)
October 1st (or first Monday)

November 1st (or first Friday)

Award Announcement
(Department of Surgery Research Day)

Award Letter
February 1st

Term Starts
April 1st
(Two year term)

Claim Deadline
April 30th

Claim Extension Request
April 1st

Progress & Financial Reports
March 31st

Term Extension Request
February 1st

Term Ends
March 31st


Progress Report
Financial Report

Request Letters:
Claim Extension
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