NASPGHAN Foundation/Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Young Investigator Award for IBD

 

Overview:

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is the largest non-profit, voluntary, health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The Foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD.

The NASPGHAN Foundation has a single goal: to improve the treatment and management of gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and nutritional disorders in children. Through its work, they provide information and resources to parents, patients, and medical professionals dealing with these disorders. The NASPGHAN Foundation was founded by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), a professional society of more than 2000 pediatric gastroenterologists, to promote awareness and research of pediatric digestive and nutritional disorders.

Both foundations offer different types of research opportunities to achieve their goals:

For Crohn's & Colitis Foundation grants, visit http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/science-and-professionals, call 1-646-943-7505, or email mibrahim@crohnscolitisfoundation.org

For NASPGHAN Foundation grants, visit: http://www.naspghan.org/content/89/en/foundation/grants

 

Objective:

This three-year grant, in partnership with the NASPGHAN Foundation and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, is available to research fellows or junior faculty. Applications must propose original clinical, translational, epidemiological, or basic scientific research related to pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.

Applicants will have a choice to apply to one of the following funding opportunities, matching their eligibilities criteria.

(1) Research Fellowship Award (currently funded by the Foundation at $58,250/year): http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/science-and-professionals/research/grants-fellowships/research-fellowship-awards.html

  • This award is not for Individuals who are already well established in the field of IBD research.
  • Applicants should identify a senior investigator to serve as a mentor throughout the term of the award.
  • At the time of application, applicants must be employed by an institution (public non-profit, private non-profit, or government) engaged in health care and/or health related research within the United States. Research is not restricted by citizenship; however, proof of legal work status is required.
  • Applicants must hold an MD and/or PhD (or equivalent degree).
  • Candidates holding MD degrees must have two years of experience after receiving their terminal degree—one year of which must be documented research experience relevant to IBD.
  • Applicants holding PhDs must have at least one year of documented post-doctoral research relevant to IBD. 
  • Applicants holding MD in excess of seven years and PhD applicants in excess of five years of receiving their terminal degree should explain how additional support in the post-doctoral phase would benefit their development beyond their current training.

 

(2) Career Development Award (currently funded by the Foundation at $90,000/year): http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/science-and-professionals/research/grants-fellowships/career-development-awards.html.

  • This award is not available for individuals who are already well established in the field of IBD.
  • Applicants should identify a senior investigator to act as a mentor to facilitate the transition to independence.
  • At the time of application, applicants must be employed by an institution (public non-profit, private non-profit, or government) engaged in health care and/or health related research within the United States. Research is not restricted by citizenship; however, proof of legal work status is required.
  • Applicants must hold an MD and/or PhD (or equivalent degree).
  • Candidates holding MD degrees must have five years of experience after receiving their terminal degree—two years of which must be documented research experience relevant to IBD.
  • Applicants holding PhDs must have at least two years of documented post-doctoral research relevant to IBD. Generally, candidates should not be in excess of ten years beyond the attainment of their doctoral degree.  

 

Grant Terms and Stipulations:

  • The supporting institution must provide the applicant sufficient protected time to perform the work. For junior investigators never before funded by an extramural mechanism, at least 80% protected time is expected.
  • A complete financial statement and scientific progress report are required annually.
  • The awardee must attend the NASPGHAN Annual Meeting following notification of the award to accept the award at the meeting.

* Before submitting a Letter of Intent or a Full Proposal, please view the Career Development Award policies at instructions and policies (.pdf) or the Research Fellowship Award Policies at instructions and policies (.pdf).

 

Submission Process

To apply for a grant, all applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) declaring their interest in a specific grant Career Development or Research Fellowship program. Approved applicants will then be invited to submit full applications. All grant applicants must submit their proposal via online forms (Proposal Central System) found on each opportunity page. LOIs or grant applications not submitted via Proposal Central will not be considered for funding. Submission deadlines for LOIs are November 1 and May 1 (Note: Re-submitted applications do not require a LOI).

 

Application Deadlines:

 

Spring/Summer

Fall/Winter

Letter of Intent

November 1st, 5:00 pm EST

May 1st, 5:00 pm EST

Online Application Submission

January 14th, 5:00 pm EST

July 1st, 5:00 pm EST

Applications Review

April – May

October – November

Decisions Announced

June

December

 

Templates for Award Recipients

Annual Progress Reports: An annual progress report for review by the members of the National Scientific Advisory Committee must be submitted nine months after the start date of each year of the award. Additional years of funding may not be granted without an approved progress report. Furthermore, delinquent reports will result in a hold on subsequent payments. Please see progress report templates for the Career Development Award and Research Fellowship Award reports Research Training Awards.

Annual Financial Report: A financial accounting of funds expended must be submitted 15 months after the start date of each project period.

Final Scientific and Annual Reports:  Final Scientific Report for the Research Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards are due three months after the end of the project. The Final Scientific Report must also be accompanied by the Final Financial report.

Other Sources of Funding: Should a PI receive another grant on a project funded by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (for example NIH funding), the PI should notify the Foundation immediately. Foundation policy strictly forbids scientific or budgetary overlap and therefore reserves the right to review the extent of its support and terminate the grant if funding is secured from another source for the same project.

Please direct any grants related questions to grants@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or call (646) 943-7505. Please note that responses may be delayed around grant submission deadlines due to the high number of applicants.