Award to Support Clinician-Scientists Transitioning from Training to Independent Careers in Celiac Disease Research

The Celiac Disease Foundation Young Investigator Award (YIA) is a one- to three-year grant totaling up to $180,000 to pay for personnel and/or research expenses. The purpose of the Foundation’s YIA is to encourage exceptional, early-career investigators to pursue independent careers in celiac disease research.

Celiac disease research is disproportionately underfunded, preventing many talented young clinician-scientists from advancing scientific knowledge of the causes of celiac disease, driving the development of better treatments and diagnostic methods, and accelerating the search for a cure. The Celiac Disease Foundation YIA seeks to remove this financial barrier through supporting outstanding, early-career researchers with the funding they need to produce the next breakthrough in celiac disease research.

Award Details

Award Amount: up to $60,000 per year (subject to progress report approval)
Duration of Award: One to three years
Application Deadline: October 1
Funded Award Start Date: January 1

Applicant Eligibility

  • MD, DO, and/or PhD – or equivalent degree
  • Early stage of career – generally, not to exceed 10 years after attainment of doctoral degree
  • Employed by a research institution (public non-profit, private non-profit, or government) engaged in health-related research within the United States
  • At least two years of documented post-doctoral research experience related to celiac disease

Selection Process

The Celiac Disease Foundation YIA is intended to support a research project on a basic, translational, or clinical topic with the potential to transform the understanding and/or management of celiac disease. Criteria for selection will include both the research proposal itself and the potential of the applicant to make future scientific and/or clinical contributions to the celiac disease field. Strong emphasis will be placed on the career development plan and the applicant’s personal statement, in addition to the research proposal. The research proposal should focus on research projects with the potential to directly impact and improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with celiac disease. Applications will be reviewed by the Celiac Disease Foundation’s Research Committee. Award recipient will be announced the first day of January each year.

Submission Process

The 2018 application cycle for the Celiac Disease Foundation Young Investigator Award is closed. Please revisit this page in January for the 2019 application cycle.

Grantee Requirements

Identify a senior investigator to serve as a mentor: Grantees are required to work with an established clinical scientist during their study. This mentorship component of the award ensures grantees have the support and guidance needed throughout the period of their research.

Submit progress and budget reports: Grantees are required to provide the Foundation with a written progress report of the project and a budget reconciliation every 6 months of the grant period.

Demonstrate progress toward proposed objectives: Failure to make reasonable progress toward the Grantee’s proposed study objectives pursuant to the proposed study timeline, based upon review of semi-annual progress reports, will result in loss of eligibility for continued funding.

Share results: Grantees will present study progress and/or final study results at the annual Celiac Disease Foundation educational conference following the conclusion of the first award year. Grantees will notify the Foundation of any publications, posters, or presentations resulting from the research project.

Award Sponsor

This Young Investigator Award is made possible through restricted research donations to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Julia McBeth by email at or telephone at 818.716.1513 Ext. 101.