Broad Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Broad Medical Research Program for Inflammatory Bowel Disease merged with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America to form the Broad Medical Research Program at CCFA. Funding focuses on inflammatory bowel disease’s two main disorders, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

IP TAKE: Broad is not looking for investigators who are taking well-beaten paths in IBD research. Instead, it seeks out innovative and dynamic research that promises near-future benefits to get behind.

PROFILE: In 2014, the Broad Medical Research Program for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) merged with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) to form the Broad Medical Research Program at CCFA (BMRP-CCFA).

BMRP-CCFA claims to take a different funding approach from other scientific and medical funders in that it funds “early stage investigation,” guided by the philosophy that “innovative ideas need financial support for early testing to ultimately lead to effective treatment, diagnosis and prevention of IBD.”

BMRP-CCFA certainly isn’t the only science and medical research funder to support early stage research, but it is one of the very few funders—and quite possibly the only funder—to offer “rapid funding.” Another unusual funding tactic at Broad is that it awards grants to generate preliminary or pilot research data. The goal here is to help researchers gather enough preliminary data to win additional funding from either BMRP-CCFA or other funding sources.

Aside from supporting studies that are innovative and in the early stages, Broad is mainly on the lookout for projects that will improve IBD diagnosis, therapies, and/or prevention in the near future. However, preference is given to work that is conducted with human samples or patients. Work with non-human material should be translational in nature.  

Grantseekers can browse through Broad’s Funded Grants page to get an idea of the types of IBD projects the organization funds.  

BMRP-CCFA accepts proposals throughout the year and encourages basic and clinical scientists, and interdisciplinary teams in nonprofit institutions to apply. The organization is also willing to bet on investigators who aren’t currently working in IBD research, but have novel ideas and approaches toward achieving BMRP-CCFA’s IBD goals.

Funding is typically awarded for one year, though requests for an additional year of funding are accepted on a case by case basis. BMRP-CCFA does not currently have a budget cap in regard to grant amounts and only requires that the amount requested is appropriate for the scope and needs of the project.

PEOPLE: 

  • R. Balfour Sartor, Director
  • Michael Parks Grants Manager 

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