Research Awards

Funding Agency:
Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America

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.

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 deadlines for Required 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.


Grad/Prof Students
Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 5, 2019