Senior Research Awards

Below are the guidelines for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s Senior Research Awards:


Objective: To provide established researchers with funds to generate sufficient preliminary data to become competitive for funds from other sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Applicant Eligibility: Applicant must hold an MD and/or PhD (or equivalent degree) and must be employed by an institution (public non-profit, private non-profit, or government) that is engaged in health care and/or health-related research. He/she must have attained independence from his/her mentor. Eligibility is not restricted by citizenship or geography.


Proposal Eligibility: Proposal must be relevant to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Crohn's disease and/or ulcerative colitis. Only one application is allowed per applicant per submission date. Simultaneous submission of a Senior Research Award and a Training Award is not permitted.


Senior Research Awards Costs: Total maximum award per year: $130,000 (subject to annual progress report approval).

  1. Direct Costs: up to $118,182 per year
  2. Indirect Costs: 10% of direct costs, or up to $11,818
  3. Duration of Award: One to Three Years



New Opportunity for Foundation Awardees to Access IBD Plexus!

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is pleased to inform researchers applying for its Senior Research Award (SRA) that they may gain access at no cost to the biosamples and/or research-ready datasets housed within IBD Plexus as part of a newly funded SRA research project.


IBD Plexus™ was founded by the Foundation with a mission to advance science, accelerate progress towards precision medicine and improve the care of patients living with IBD. The multi-component IBD Plexus includes a biobank, pediatric and adult patient clinical data, patient-reported data, linked genetic and other molecular data and biosamples, central reference labs to generate molecular data (genetic, transcriptomic, microbiomic, etc.) from existing biosamples, as well as a data and analytical platform to house, organize, aggregate, and provide data for research.


Investigators who choose to convert biosamples to molecular data as part of their research proposal can use SRA funds to help defray those costs. Most molecular data generation is done at IBD Plexus central reference laboratories to promote standardization and the ability to pool results. Further, IBD Plexus functions under the guiding principle that researchers who take advantage of the resources will also contribute back the raw data (not the analyses) they derive from patient biosamples.


For more details about IBD Plexus data and samples, please review the summary and data/sample use agreements.



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 submissions for the Senior Research Awards, please contact Saleha Hossain at [email protected]. For post-award management  questions: [email protected].


Application Deadlines: Before submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) or a Full Proposal, please view the Senior Research Award instructions and policies.


  Spring/Summer Fall/Winter



Letter of Intent

Portal Opens: October 4th, 2024


Deadline: November 15th, 2024

11:59pm EST

Portal Opens: March 28th, 2025


Deadline: May 6th, 2025

11:59pm EST

Online Application Submission

January 24th, 2025

11:59pm EST

July 18th, 2025

11:59pm EST

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