Research Funding Opportunities
The mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of lives of patients living with these diseases. To achieve this mission, we support both investigator-initiated research, and specific requests for proposals where the Foundation identifies the scientific scope of interest. Regardless of the funding mechanism, we fund to our research priorities, which are outlined in the Challenges in IBD Research publication. The objective of Challenges in IBD
is to outline the gaps in IBD research that need to be overcome to accelerate the science towards our vision of a world free from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
We support research projects that range across the research continuum, including basic, translational, and clinical research.
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation strives to ensure that each research application receives an objective, fair, equitable, and timely review. We are convinced that high-quality, unbiased reviews benefit the advancement of health sciences research.
Additionally, we are committed to supporting a robust pipeline of junior investigators interested in a career in IBD.
Questions? Email us at [email protected]
Investigator-initiated funding programs
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Research Initiatives program provides support for cutting-edge translational research studies, focused on the five priority areas to address unmet clinical needs in IBD as described in the 2019 "Challenges in IBD." For more information, see our current research priorities.
How to Apply
Applicants for most awards must submit a letter of intent (LOI) declaring their interest in a specific funding program. (Exceptions include the Student Research Awards). The Foundation will then invite approved applicants to submit full applications detailing their grant request.
- Applicants must submit their LOIs and proposals using our proposalCENTRAL system.
- Only LOIs and grant applications submitted through proposalCENTRAL will be considered.
Please see individual funding program for submission deadlines and further details.
The Foundation oversees peer-review committees to evaluate each proposal to ensure we are funding the most innovative and meritorious projects. The peer review process follows strict guidelines for maintaining research and peer integrity. Additionally, peer review committees are given guidance regarding objective, fair, equitable, and timely application reviews.
Post-award policies and requirements
For matters related to pre- and post-award management at the Foundation, please reach out to the following:
Senior Research Awards, Career Development Awards, Research Fellowship Awards, Litwin IBD Pioneers Awards or Clinical Research Investigator-Initiated Awards: Orlando Green, Associate Director, Research - Grants & Contracts at [email protected]
For all other questions: [email protected]