Program Description

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation supports research that is potentially transformative to diagnosing, treating and curing Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The Innovator Awards program provides $100,000 grants for one-year research projects, which due to their ground-breaking nature, may not be suitable for funding from more traditional sources, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To date, we have funded projects in the following areas:


  • Bioengineering
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Epithelial Cell/Molecular Biology
  • Fecal Microbiota Transplant
  • Immunity and Inflammation
  • Microbiome
  • Therapeutic Development and Delivery

If you are submitting a clinical research proposal, we encourage you to include basic scientific methodologies to examine the underlying mechanisms of the proposed intervention/treatment.

Funding criteria include:

  • Innovation
  • Scientific merit
  • Strong evidence of collaboration
  • Investigator capability to execute project

 Learn more about eligibility, budget guidelines and how to apply.

If you have questions about the Innovator Awards, please contact Health Program Staff.