Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 10/26/2023

Research Awards

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.

  • Student Research Fellowship Awards

    Available to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students to support their IBD-related research. Deadlines: March 31, 2023; Nov. 1, 2023
  • Research Fellowship Awards

    Supports post-doctoral individuals in developing skills related to basic and/or clinical investigation into IBD. Deadline for LOI: Nov. 16, 2023; May 6, 2024
  • Career Development Awards

    Prepares potential basic/translational researchers to transition to a career of independent investigation and research. Deadline for LOI: Nov. 16, 2023; May 6, 2024
  • Senior Research Awards

    Provides funding for established basic/translational researchers so they are able to generate enough preliminary data to be competitive for additional funding. Deadline for LOI: Nov. 16, 2023; May 6, 2024
  • Clinical Research Investigator-Initiated Awards

    Provides funding to junior and established clinical researchers to directly impact patient care by addressing important clinical questions. The expectation is that the research findings from funded CRIAs will result in highly-cited publications, citations in clinical guidelines, and/or follow-on funding to advance the research further. Deadline for LOI:  May 10, 2023
  • Litwin IBD Pioneers

    Supports innovative clinical and translational research projects with the potential to impact the treatment of IBD patients in the near future. Encourages research into the diagnosis, treatment and cures of IBD inflammatory bowel disease. Deadline for LOI: Nov. 16, 2023; May 6, 2024
  • Clinical Research Networks

    There are three clinical research networks: Clinical Research Alliance (CRA) focused on adult gastroenterology; Pediatric Resource Organization for Kids with Inflammatory Intestinal Diseases (PRO-KIIDS) focused on pediatric IBD; and Surgery Research Network for IBD (SRN) focused on surgical care of IBD patients. The networks are comprised of major medical centers and other healthcare providers working together to prospectively conduct multi-center clinical research. Pilot funding is available to support clinical research projects within each network.
  • IBD Ventures

    Program to accelerate product development aimed at improving quality of life for IBD patients. Funding is open to companies and academic investigators. Letter of Intent deadline: September 2023; Feb. 23, 2024
  • IBD Plexus: Academic Request for Proposals

    Provides access to data and biosamples housed in the Foundation’s IBD Plexus platform to propel academic investigator-initiated research. No funding will be provided through this RFP. This is a rolling solicitation. The Foundation will continue to accept responses to the RFP until all awards are distributed.