Career Development Awards

Here are the guidelines for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s Career Development Awards:

Objective: Career Development Awards are mentored awards intended to facilitate the development of individuals with research potential to prepare for a career of independent basic research investigation in the area of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Applicant Eligibility: *The Foundation is sensitive to personal matters that impact career trajectories. Applicants who have taken leave from their career (e.g., parenting of a child, childbirth, long-term care of a parent/spouse/child/dependent, personal health issues), or have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that puts them outside of the eligibility time frame, should feel free to reach out to Foundation staff ahead of their application submission. We aim to be flexible and adjust these time frames if necessary and appropriate. This can be captured in the applicant's cover letter.* Individuals who are already well established in the field of IBD research are not considered eligible for this award. 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.

Proposal Eligibility: Proposal MUST be relevant to IBD (Crohn's disease and/or ulcerative colitis) and must contain a career development plan detailing a training plan, mentorship plan, and describe how receiving this award will facilitate the transition to independence. Only one application is allowed per applicant per submission date. Simultaneous submission of a Senior Research Award and Training Award is not permitted.

Time Commitment: Awardees must devote a minimum of 65% of his/her professional time directly to the project.

Stipend & Institutional Allowance: Award salary will match applicants’ institutional salary (salaries may be supplemented by the applicant’s institution), depending on postgraduate year (PGY) level, up to $52,000 per year. Fringe benefits are allowed according to institutional policies, but must not exceed 25% of the salary award (up to $13,000 per year). The Foundation will also provide up to $25,000 to be used for non-salary/fringe expenses such as an MPH degree or equivalent tuition (all degrees must be completed within the three years of this award), statistical support, travel to professional meetings, professional memberships and textbooks. These funds may not be used to supplement awardee’s salary/fringe benefits.

  1. Salary: up to $52,000 per year
  2. Fringe: 25% of salary, or up to $13,000 per year
  3. Non-salary / fringe expenses: up to $25,000 per year
  4. Duration of Award: One to three years
  5. Total maximum award per year: $90,000 (subject to annual progress report approval).

The Foundation uses the Proposal Central system for all grants submissions. Just select the program to which you are applying. All instructions and policies are available at this site. For matters related to pre- and post-award management for the Career Development Awards please contact Orlando Green at [email protected]. For all other questions: [email protected]

Application Deadlines:

Before submitting a Letter of Intent or a Full Proposal, please view the Career Development Award instructions and policies.


  Spring/Summer Fall/Winter
Letter of Intent

November 16, 2020 

11:59pm EST

May 5th, 2021

11:59pm EST

Online Application Submission

January 28th, 2021

11:59pm EST

July 20th, 2021

11:59pm EST

Applications Review April – May October - November
Decisions Announced June January