Research Strategy 2018 - 2022

For more than 30 years we’ve been leading the drive to increase knowledge of the causes and best treatments of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Our new research strategy will help us build on our successes, and work toward our vision of improved lives today, and a world free from Crohn's and Colitis tomorrow.  


The key elements of our strategy

Prioritising IBD Research

Rising Star Researchers

Patient Engagement in Research

Let’s talk IBD Research



Prioritising IBD Research

These programmes encourage the exploration of new ideas and a deeper understanding of IBD within our research priorities:

Our Annual Project Awards will help fund a specific piece of research at a university, hospital or research institution. 

We will targeting research in areas of high priority to find the answers to difficult questions, and support research that is either medical or scientific research, or improving life for people living with IBD.

We also want to support multi-centred collaborative research programmes aimed at a specific research theme.

Why fund it?

Our Annual Project Awards have previously led to significant advances in our understanding, care and treatment of people living with IBD, or helped make larger research projects possible.

Recognising that it is people rather than facilities that make for good research, by working together as a network, important research questions can be addressed faster and the pace of the research can be accelerated.


Rising Star Researchers

This will help to grow talent and new expertise, and help in creating the ‘rising star’ researchers of the future.

This programme will encourage people to specialise in IBD, develop a career in IBD and produce a new community of IBD experts.

Why fund it?

Supporting the development of future IBD specialist experts ensures the progress we are making now will be built on and accelerated in the years to come, allowing future generations to work towards the charity’s vision of a world free from Crohn’s and Colitis.


Patient Engagement in Research

By engaging people living with IBD, we can make sure everyone’s voice is heard – enabling us to focus our research on the outcomes which patients most want to see.

We want to reflect patient views and priorities, and encourage and enable anyone who wants to, to engage with our research programme.

That’s why we are determined to ensure our research involves patients every step of the way and is centred on their needs.

Why fund it?

Making patients part of health research is essential to improving understanding and care for people with IBD. 


Let’s talk IBD Research

This programme will bring research findings to the people affected by IBD, our supporters and funding partners.

This will help people to understand our exciting research, see what we are seeking to achieve and how we can all work together to achieve it.

It will help identify the key outcomes and long-term impact of the research.