Are you a PhD with a personal connection to IBD? We’re seeking scientists to join our stakeholder reviewer team!

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.  CCFA will invest more than $30 million in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) research in 2016. Our research programs have played a role in virtually every important aspect of advancement in understanding the disease processes and therapeutic pathways.

At the core of our research programs is the peer review process. This process involves scientists who are experts in IBD research as well as stakeholder reviewers. Stakeholder reviewers ensure that grants awarded are focused on advancing CCFA’s mission. All reviewers evaluate investigator-initiated grant applications using the NIH-scoring system and recommend those appropriate for funding based on their scores.

We Need You!

We are expanding our number of stakeholder reviewers. We are looking for four to six scientists at the PhD level who have a strong personal commitment to advancing IBD research efforts but who are not actually doing this research or are otherwise engaged in the field of IBD.  This interest could stem from an intimate experience with the disease, such as personally suffering from IBD or having a close family member or friend who is affected.


  • Strong personal interest in advancing the effort to find better treatments and cures for IBD through research.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills in a group setting.
  • Prior experience with the peer review process.
  • Able to keep materials and discussions confidential.
  • Commitment to a one to three-year minimum period of participation from the time of selection.
  • Participation in two day-long CCFA-hosted Peer Review Committee meetings in New York City, usually in March/April and October/November. (Web conferencing participation is available, but on-site participation is preferred). All travel expenses are paid by CCFA.
  • Able to provide written reviews for research and training grant application materials prior to the time of Peer Review Committee meetings.

How to Apply

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please send an email, along with your CV/resume to:

Dr. Caren Heller
Chief Scientific Officer, CCFA