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Crohn's & Colitis UK has made the difficult decision that we cannot fund any new research in 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected many charities over the past months and, sadly, Crohn’s & Colitis UK has not been exempt. The significant drop in income that we have experienced, in addition to increased demand for our services, means that we have had to review our position regarding research funding in 2020. Although we hope and plan to fund new research in 2021, it is not yet certain what form that would take.

This set-back has detracted from our long term aspirations for research, but we hope this course of action can allow Crohn’s & Colitis UK to survive this turbulent time and therefore enable us to support important life-changing research for a long time to come.


We usually make three kinds of Research Award

  1. Open Call grants;
  2. Fellowship grants; and
  3. Collaborative Research grants.

Need more options?  See other funding opportunities available now.


Dr Miles Parkes

Our work based on Crohn's & Colitis UK support represents truly ground-breaking scientific research.

Dr Miles Parkes
Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

1. Crohn's & Colitis UK Open Call Research Awards

Our annual Open Call invites applications for funding of research that is novel/original, good value for money, and will benefit people with Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis in the UK.Research projects may be directed towards:

  • Medical - any aspect of Crohn's or Colitis relevant to a better understanding of the causes or mechanisms of IBD or better treatment, including surgery, for patients with IBD. 

  • Improving Lives - any aspect of the social and psychological impact of Crohn's or Colitis, including research into ways of helping patients and their families to live with IBD, or with the potential to improve the services provided to the UK's IBD community and to drive up standards of care for patients with IBD. 

Funding for any one project is subject to a maximum of £120,000 over a period of three years.  Applications for funding of pilot studies are also encouraged.

Resubmissions are considered and multiple applications can be made (of the same project for different types of Award, or of different projects for the same type of Award).

The Open Call will not open for applications in 2020.


2. Crohn’s & Colitis UK Fellowship Awards

Additional funding is offered to encourage exceptional clinicians (healthcare professionals working in clinical practice) with a research interest in IBD to develop into future IBD specialist experts.

Grants up to a maximum of £180,000 over a period of three years are available for research projects (directed towards Medical or Improving Lives Research Awards) which include funding for a clinical fellow working to achieve a PhD.

Prospective fellows are interviewed in March each year as part of the competitive selection process, and successful candidates will be badged as Crohn’s & Colitis UK Fellows.

Find out more about our Fellowships here.

Resubmissions are considered and multiple applications can be made (of the same project for different types of Award, or of different projects for the same type of Award).

The Fellowship Awards will not open for applications in 2020. 


3. Crohn's & Colitis UK Collaborative Awards

2019 Collaborative Research theme - Managing Pain in People with IBD

The ‘Pain Collaborative Research Network’ promotes and facilitates the discussion and exchange of ideas on pain in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which has been identified as an area of unmet need by researchers, clinicians and most importantly patients. For more information on the Pain Collaborative initiative, including how to join the Pain Collaborative Network, please click here.

The Pain Collaborative will not be offering any funding in 2020.


For more information regarding these awards, please contact us at research@crohnsandcolitis.org.uk or on 01727 734468.