Research Program



The Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) and the Canadian Anesthesia Research Foundation (CARF) offer a unique funding opportunity to evaluate the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on the health and safety of health care workers. 

Two operating grants of $20,000 each to cover the direct, research-related costs will be offered to CAS members (staff and residents). 

application deadlines and more information about cAS/CARF COVID-19 RESEARCH PROGRAM 



Note - The 2020 Award Cycle program is closed. 

The CAS Research Program was launched in 1985, when the first annual CAS Research Award was presented to Dr. Howard Nathan for his work on “Anesthetics and Myocardial Ischemia”. However, it became a possibility six years earlier, through the establishment of the Canadian Anesthesia Research Foundation (CARF) in 1979.

Today, the Program administers almost $200,000 annually, through CARF, and provides support to researchers in anesthesia who are CAS members. If you have been a CAS member for at least 2 years (the year of submission and the previous year) you can access two types of grants:

Note - CAS Career Scientist Award in Anesthesia is not offered in 2020

Operating Grants

Operating Grants provide funding to cover the direct costs related to a single research project. Although the grant number and amount might differ from year to year depending on sponsorship opportunities, we generally offer:

  • New Investigator Operating Grants, for applicants who have commenced independent practice/received their first faculty appointment within five years of the application deadline, or have undertaken significant research training (i.e., obtaining a Master's degree or PhD) within the past three years.
  • Open Operating Grants
  • Residents' Research Grant, for individuals committed to doing research during their residency training.

CAS Career Scientist Award in Anesthesia

The Career Scientist Award provides partial salary support for the investigator to fund protected research time. The Career Scientist Award is normally awarded every other year, but on a trial basis it was available in both 2018 and 2019.

While operating grants are awarded for research projects, for the Career Scientist Award the investigator must present a research program and must have his/her department’s financial support. Regardless of category, the submissions are peer-reviewed by our Research Advisory Committee and adjudicated during a review meeting by the Grant Standing Subcommittee. The winners’ list is approved by the CAS Board, and all awards are administered through the CAS office.

The submission period lasts from November to January and winners are established in April. Please check this webpage closer to the opening date for further details.
If you have any questions regarding the Program, please email us at

See current winners here

See past winners here