Career Development Awards

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Here are the guidelines for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America’s (CCFA) Career Development Awards:

Objective: Career Development Awards are mentored awards intended to facilitate the development of individuals with research potential to prepare for a career of independent basic and/or clinical investigation in the area of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Applicant Eligibility: Individuals who are already well established in the field of IBD research are not considered eligible for this award. Applicants should identify a senior investigator to act as a mentor to facilitate the transition to independence. At the time of application, applicants must be employed by an institution (public non-profit, private non-profit, or government) engaged in health care and/or health related research within the United States. Research is not restricted by citizenship; however, proof of legal work status is required. Applicants must hold an MD and/or PhD (or equivalent degree). Candidates holding MD degrees must have five years of experience after receiving their terminal degree—two years of which must be documented research experience relevant to IBD . Applicants holding PhDs must have at least two years of documented post-doctoral research relevant to IBD. Generally, candidates should not be in excess of ten years beyond the attainment of their doctoral degree.

Proposal Eligibility: Proposal MUST be relevant to IBD (Crohn's disease and/or ulcerative colitis) and must contain a career development plan detailing a training plan, mentorship plan, and describe how receiving this award will facilitate the transition to independence. Only one application is allowed per applicant per submission date. Simultaneous submission of a CCFA Senior Research Award and Training Award is not permitted.

Time Commitment: Awardees must devote a minimum of 80% of his/her professional time directly to the project.

Stipend & Institutional Allowance: Award salary will match applicants’ institutional salary (salaries may be supplemented by the applicant’s institution), depending on postgraduate year (PGY) level, up to $52,000 per year. Fringe benefits are allowed according to institutional policies, but must not exceed 25% of the salary award (up to $13,000 per year). CCFA will also provide up to $25,000 to be used for non-salary/fringe expenses such as an MPH degree or equivalent tuition (all degrees must be completed within the three years of this award), statistical support, travel to professional meetings, professional memberships and textbooks. These funds may not be used to supplement awardee’s salary/fringe benefits.

  1. Salary: up to $52,000 per year
  2. Fringe: 10% of salary, or up to $13,000 per year
  3. Non-salary / fringe expenses: up to $25,000 per year
  4. Duration of Award: One to three years
  5. Total maximum award per year: $90,000 (subject to annual progress report approval).

CCFA uses the Proposal Central system for all grants submissions. Just select the CCFA program to which you are applying. All CCFA instructions and policies are available at this site. Please direct any grants related questions to or call (646) 943-7501.

Application Deadlines:

Before submitting a Letter of Intent or a Full Proposal, please view the Career Development Award instructions and policies (.pdf).

  Spring/Summer Fall/Winter
Letter of Intent November 1st, 5:00 pm EST May 1st, 5:00 pm EST
Online Application Submission (Paper application no longer required) January 14th, 5:00 pm EST July 1st, 5:00 pm EST
Applications Review April – May October – November
Decisions Announced June December
Start Date for Selected Projects July 1st   January 1st