CAS-CARF COVID-19 Research Program

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has brought unprecedented attention to the risks faced by healthcare workers. Anesthesiologists have long been recognized as leaders in patient safety; it is essential that anesthesiologists extend their commitment to safety to ourselves and our health care teams. 

The Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) and the Canadian Anesthesia Research Foundation (CARF) offer this 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). 

Proposals are short: 2 pages text, 2 pages for references, figures, and tables, and 1 page for budget. A CIHR Canadian Common CV for the principal investigator must be appended to the proposal. 

The research project or program for which funding is requested must be clearly relevant to the health and safety of professionals providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research questions in areas such as, but not limited to, basic science, clinical care, implementation science, medical education, knowledge synthesis are eligible. It is essential that proposals clearly frame their research question and outcomes in terms of provider health and safety. 

Applications are due 29 May 2020, 1600h EDT. 

The CAS Research Advisory Committee will judge each application on the basis of potential impact, merit, and feasibility. Successful applicants will be awarded at the time of the virtual 2020 CAS Annual Meeting. 

Terms of reference, an application template and a CCV document are available for download below.

Terms of Reference (PDF 180 KB)
Application Template (DOC 119 KB)
Common CV Document (PDF 225 KB)

All completed applications must be sent to