Colorectal Cancer Prevention Grants

Funding Agency:
Colorectal Cancer Alliance

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance established the Chris4Life Research Program in 2010 in honor of the late Christine Sapienza and for all the families who are affected by colorectal cancer. The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is the world's largest non-profit colorectal cancer patient advocacy organization dedicated to funding colorectal cancer research. Our research program is a critical driving force in our mission to end colorectal cancer in our lifetime. Since 2016, the Alliance has funded nearly $3 million in cutting edge, innovative and life-saving research.

In 2020, we are committed to funding an additional $1.1 million to support individual scientists through competitive, peer-reviewed research grants. This year, Colorectal Cancer Alliance funding will focus on translational research that will impact young-onset colorectal cancer and health disparities. All proposals will undergo a rigorous two-tier review process by members of a distinguished Scientific Review Panel. 


Deadline: Mar. 16, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Researchers with PhD, MD, MD/PhD or equivalent degrees
  • Researchers from US non-profit institutions (including academic and research institutions, hospitals and medical centers) are eligible to apply
  • Early career researchers and young investigators at the assistant professor or equivalent level
  • Senior researchers who have shifted their area of interest toward colorectal cancer research
  • Researchers at any academic level who need seed funding to test an innovative hypothesis
  • Researchers from for-profit institutions or government institutions will NOT be considered



Amount Description

Our scientific research focus areas may vary from year to year and are determined in part through discussions with our Medical and Scientific Research Committee. This year we plan to award three grants in the amount of $300,000 over a period of three years in young-onset colorectal cancer research and one grant in the amount of $200,000 over a period of two years in colorectal cancer health disparities.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 16, 2020