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Propel a Cure is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity.


Propel A Cure is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that raises funds for innovative research focused specifically on identifying the underlying cause or causes of Crohn’s disease, the first step in the development of a cure. Funding for projects comes primarily from patients, their families, friends, and caregivers. Propel a Cure carefully allocates these donations so that they will be used solely for promising research that will ultimately lead towards a cure for Crohn’s disease.


Amount: $100,000 paid over two years

Application Due Date: December 10, 2023

Project Duration: Two years


Project Overview

Propel a Cure will provide funding for a highly innovative and impactful research project that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries in the quest to cure Crohn’s disease. We encourage creativity, which may include a shifting perspective, looking at the existing problem through a different lens, or developing an entirely new paradigm. We welcome early-career and established investigators to generate novel hypotheses, tackling new topics and directions that will result in compelling data that could lead to new external funding. Applicants will need to justify how the available funding and time frame are adequate to achieve the project goals. The awardee will agree to provide brief written updates on a quarterly basis, including confidential summaries for Propel a Cure and summaries that can be shared publicly with Propel a Cure’s supporters.

Project Goals

The goal of the project is to make a substantial contribution to Crohn’s disease research that will help to define the disease etiology and provide meaningful, mechanistic insights that will finally lead us to cures.



Researchers in an academic setting and physician-scientists from any country are encouraged to apply. Crohn’s disease knows no borders and neither do we. 

Scope of Work

What is the problem?

A successful application will include a well-written, descriptive analysis of the problem and clearly defined, adequately developed steps that will be taken to arrive at the outcomes.

What will be the outcome?

A successful application will provide a clear description for non-scientists of the potential outcome of the project.

Guidelines for Proposal

The following information must be submitted:

  1. Project Title

  2. Project Description, including hypothesis, goals, conceptual and/or technical innovation

  3. Research Plan, including how project results will be measured

  4. Estimated Project Budget - Please note, all costs must be directly related to the project (e.g., postdocs and undergraduate stipends, supplies, etc.). Include a budget justification within the estimated project budget. Project budget should be in a table format, with justification following.

  5. Biographical sketches of key personnel in NIH format


Use the NIH format: Submit 1 page with specific aims and 6 pages explaining the background, innovation, preliminary data and experimental design text. Separate references, NIH style biosketch, collaborator letters and resources and equipment sections are not page restricted. Formatting of the application materials should follow standard NIH requirements (Arial, 11 pt minimum, single-spaced, 0.5-inch page margins).

The deadline for proposals is December 10, 2023.

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