Research Management overview

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Crohn's & Colitis UK is dedicated to finding a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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We fund clinical (scientific) research towards finding a cure. We also fund new and exciting projects designed to increase the understanding of the challenges faced by those living with Crohn’s and Colitis, and to improve their lives.

These projects could be aiming to provide a better understanding of the causes or mechanisms of Crohn’s or Colitis, or looking to find better treatments, including surgery.  We also fund projects projects that look into the social and psychological impact of Crohn's or Colitis, including research into ways of helping patients and their families to live well. This would also include projects with the potential to drive up standards of care for people with Crohn’s and Colitis.

The ultimate goal of most of the medical research we fund is looking to prevent or find a cure for Crohn’s or Colitis. However, the work actually taking place is rarely as glamorous or headline-grabbing as 'finding the answer’. Crohn’s and Colitis are complex and difficult to treat diseases, with a range of symptoms. It is likely that there is not a single cure or solution, just as there often does not seem to be a single cause or reason why someone has developed Crohn’s or Colitis.

Who we fund

Crohn's & Colitis UK will consider applications from teams working in established universities, medical centres and research organisations. Our preferred strategy is to fund smaller research projects that can form an initial or pilot project that can later be expanded. We also aim to provide awards for research which needs initial funding in order to attract 'match-funding' from other organisations.


The Board of Trustees agree a programme of grants in any financial year according to funds available.

The Research Strategy and Funding Committee (RSFC) takes delegated responsibility on behalf of the Board of Trustees for the research strategy, its delivery and all funding streams, ensuring that there is a framework for accountability and that the charity is working within appropriate legal and ethical boundaries to fund research of the highest quality and of greatest benefit to people with IBD.

The RSFC is chaired by a Trustee of Crohn’s and Colitis UK and includes the Chairs of both the Medical and Improving Lives Research Awards Panels. Other members are appointed by the Trustees to include lay representation and reflect a fair balance of experience, academic and scientific disciplines. Potential beneficiaries may not be present when decisions are made.

This Committee makes recommendations to the Trustees on final grant funding allocations, based on strategic priorities and an assessment of grant applications made against agreed criteria by the Awards Panels.

Grant management

Grant holders must be employed by a recognised research centre within the UK, and agree to supervise the research project in line with the Universities UK - Concordat to Support Research Integrity (pdf)

A formal agreement covering the terms of the Grant is made between Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the Grant holder. A Final Report must be submitted following completion of the project, including a lay summary. Annual interim reports are required for projects which extend over a period of one year.

Further detailed information of the full procedures and processes for research management can be obtained from the Research Team at

Read our research impact report

Want to get involved in research?

The best quality research happens when people with Crohn's and Colitis are involved, and you can make a difference at every stage of research.


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Helpline service


We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Our helpline team can help by:

  • Providing information about Crohn’s and Colitis.

  • Listening and talking through your situation.

  • Helping you to find support from others in the Crohn’s and Colitis community.

  • Signposting you to specialist organisations.

Please be aware we’re not medically or legally trained. We cannot provide detailed financial or benefits advice or specialist emotional support.

Please contact us via telephone, email or LiveChat - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except English bank holidays).

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If you need specific medical advice about your condition, your GP or IBD team will be best placed to help.

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