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
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.
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
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]