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 ranges across the research continuum, include basic, translational, and clinical 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

  • Student Research Fellowship Awards

    Available to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students to support their IBD-related research.
  • Research Fellowship Awards

    Supports post-doctoral individuals in developing skills related to basic and/or clinical investigation into IBD.
  • Visiting IBD Research Fellowship

    Encourages outstanding young scientists and clinicians who would like to expand their expertise in IBD research to participate in this short-term research training, carried out in a cutting-edge, NIH-funded laboratory under the mentorship of a leader in IBD research.
  • Career Development Award

    Prepares potential researchers to transition to a career of independent investigation and research.
  • Senior Research Awards

    Provides funding for established researchers so they are able to generate enough preliminary data to be competitive for additional funding.
  • Litwin IBD Pioneers

    Supports innovative clinical and translational research projects with the potential to impact the treatment of IBD patients in the near future. Encourages research into the diagnosis, treatment and cures of IBD inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Clinical Research Networks

    There are three clinical research networks: Clinical Research Alliance (CRA) focused on adult gastroenterology; Pediatric Resource Organization for Kids with Inflammatory Intestinal Diseases (PRO-KIIDS) focused on pediatric IBD; and Surgery Research Network for IBD (SRN) focused on surgical care of IBD patients. The networks are comprised of major medical centers and other healthcare providers working together to prospectively conduct multi-center clinical research. Pilot funding is available to support clinical research projects within each network.
  • IBD Ventures

    Program to accelerate product development aimed at improving quality of life for IBD patients. Funding is open to companies and academic investigators.

Research Initiatives

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.

Now accepting applications: Precision Nutrition in IBD Research Initiative

This initiative's goal is to understand how diet affects IBD patients at the individual level, and to advance the emerging field of precision nutrition - diet tailored to a patient’s biological, clinical, and lifestyle characteristics. Aligned with this goal, the Foundation announced a request for proposals focused on investigating the biological signatures and mechanisms underlying the patient’s personal response to different foods or food components and their correlation with different clinical outcomes.

The program is made possible through a generous donation from Jonathan D. Rose, MD, PhD, Chair, Intestinal Pathology Research Program.

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 Award and the Visiting IBD Research Fellowship Program.) The Foundation will then invite approved applicants to submit full applications detailing their grant or fellowship 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.

Selection process

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. All awards are made payable to the applicant's institution.

Post-award policies and requirements

Click here to find post-award policies and instructions.

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, or Litwin IBD Pioneers Awards: Orlando Green at [email protected]

Clinical Research Alliance, PRO-KIIDS, or Surgery Research Network Awards: Schantel Williams at [email protected]

For all other questions: [email protected]