Application Information

Our 2017 grant cycle is now open. We plan to award the Jake Lyons Research Grant, a multi-year grant in the amount of $125,000 in young-onset colorectal cancer research. Please see our program summary and guidelines for more information on how to apply.

Program Summary

According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, from 1989-90 to 2012-2013 the proportion of rectal cancers diagnosed in adults younger than age 55 doubled from 14.6% to 29.2%. Compared with adults born circa 1950, those born circa 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer.  Nearly one-third of rectal patients are younger than age 55.  Given these rising trends, the Colon Cancer Alliance Chris4 Life Research Grants in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Research represent an effort to encourage and support researchers to conduct young-onset colorectal cancer research and to establish a successful career path in this field.



Click here for more information on the Colon Cancer Alliance Chris4Life Research Program’s Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Grant guidelines.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit proposals electronically.


Contact Stephanie Guiffre at



Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2017-August 31, 2017.