Research Grants & Fellowships

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a leading funder of basic and clinical research in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), or Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The Foundation supports research that increases our understanding of the etiology, pathogenesis, therapy, and prevention of these diseases.

In addition to supporting studies and clinical trials, the Foundation provides grants and fellowships for the training and development of the next generation of researchers and physicians specializing in IBD. Since its founding in 1967, the Foundation has awarded thousands of IBD grants totaling approximately $330 million of funding invested in research.

Grant and Fellowship Opportunities

The Foundation offers several ongoing funding opportunities to support student and early-career researchers, as well as other professional development opportunities to enhance the pool of talent working in the field of IBD.

  • The Litwin IBD Pioneers Initiative supports innovative clinical and translational research projects with the potential to impact the treatment of IBD patients in the near future. The program encourages novel research into the diagnosis, identification of clinically relevant subsets, treatments, and cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and funds innovative pilot research so that scientists can test their initial ideas and generate preliminary data.
  • Senior Research Awards provide established researchers with funds to generate sufficient preliminary data to become competitive for funds from other sources.
  • Career Development Awards help prepare individuals with research potential to transition to a career of independent investigation.
  • Research Fellowship Awards help prepare individuals with research potential for a career of independent investigation.
  • Student Research Awards support college, graduate, and medical students performing research on topics relevant to IBD during the months of June to September of each year. Please note this award has only one cycle annually.

Submission Process

To apply for a grant, all applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) declaring their interest in a specific grant or fellowship program. Approved applicants will then be invited to submit full applications detailing their grant or fellowship request.

All grant applicants must submit their proposal via online forms (Proposal Central System) found on each opportunity page. LOIs or grant applications not submitted via Proposal Central will not be considered for funding. CCFA only accepts grants and fellowship applications from public nonprofit institutions or government institutions engaged in health-related research.

Submission deadlines for LOIs are November 5 and May 5 (Note: Re-submitted applications do not require a LOI). Submission deadlines for full applications are January 28 and August 6.

Selection Process

Each year, the Foundation receives approximately 300 requests for senior grants and training awards. All proposals are subject to multiple levels of peer review that identify the most meritorious and innovative projects for funding. Please view the Foundation's guidelines for maintaining research and peer integrity.

Selection criteria of submitted applications include the scientific merit of the proposal, the relevancy of the proposal to the study of IBD, and the excellence of the investigator. All awards are made payable to the applicant's institution.

Templates for Award Recipients

Annual Progress Reports: An annual progress report for review by the members of the National Scientific Advisory Committee must be submitted nine months after the start date of each year of the award. Additional years of funding may not be granted without an approved progress report. Furthermore, delinquent reports will result in a hold on subsequent payments. Please see progress report templates for both Senior Research Awards and Research Training Awards reports.

Annual Financial Report: A financial accounting of funds expended must be submitted 15 months after the start date of each project period.

Final Scientific and Annual Reports:  Final Scientific Report for the Research Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards, Senior Research Awards, and Research Initiatives Awards are due three months after the end of the project. The Final Scientific Report must also be accompanied by the Final Financial report. For Student Research Awards and Scientific Conferences and Workshops Awards, a report is due three months after the end of the project.

Change of Institution: If a PI accepts a position at another institution, the PI must immediately notify the Foundation of the change.  The PI must also submit a formal request to move the study to the new institution.  Please see guidelines for both Senior Research Award and Training Research Awards transfer requests.

Other Sources of Funding: Should a PI receive another grant on a project funded by the Foundation (for example NIH funding), the PI should notify the Foundation immediately. Foundation policy strictly forbids scientific or budgetary overlap and therefore reserves the right to review the extent of its support and terminate the grant if funding is secured from another source for the same project.

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

Clinical Research Alliance, PRO-KIIDS, or Surgery Research Network Awards: Schantel Williams at

For all other questions: