Research Management overview


Periodic calls for applications are published to a wide range of potential applicants. The Trustees may also identify priority areas of research through engagement with experts in the field and patients, and issue a call for applications in these areas.

Research Awards Panels (Medical & Improving Lives) work alongside external peer reviewers to shortlist, peer review and select fundable grants.  Membership includes lay representation and reflects a fair balance of experience and scientific disciplines. All panel members and peer reviewers are required to disclose any conflict of interest. Potential beneficiaries are not present when applications are discussed.

All applications are judged on scientific merit. As a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), any application involving animals will be judged in accordance with 3R principles (replacement, refinement and reduction) as part of the peer review process. View the AMRC statement on the use of animals in research.

All applications involving humans must be backed by full ethical approval from the appropriate ethics committees

Feedback on all grant applications is provided to applicants from the Chairs of the Awards Panels.


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