FULL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday 5 p.m. CT, September 11, 2023.
Goals:  The Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Inflammatory Intestinal Disorders (C-IID) [formerly named the Digestive Diseases Research Core Center (DDRCC)] and the Duchossois Family Institute (DFI) have joined in partnership to award up to 6 Pilot and Feasibility awards at a level up to $50,000 each for research on digestive health and diseases. Proposals that involve studies of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and related areas of intestinal inflammation, the gut immune system, the gut microbiome, host-microbe interactions, microbiome-based biotherapeutics, hepatic and digestive functions, host-microbe metabolism, and epithelial biology/developmental regulation of the gut will be given special consideration. Applicants from underrepresented communities and investigators that research involve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts are encouraged to apply. NIH-designated U.S health disparity populations include: Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities, and gender minorities

Investigator Tracks (in order of preferential consideration)

Track I.  Early stage investigators proposing investigations in the mission areas of the C-IID and DFI. This is the principal target group and is intended ideally for candidates without current NIH or other significant extramural support to initiate research into digestive health and diseases.

Track II. Established faculty
outside of gastrointestinal research who wish to extend their investigations into the mission areas of the C-IID and DFI.

Track III. Faculty doing research in digestive health and diseases
who wish to branch out into new areas or test novel hypotheses that are significantly different from their mainstream research.