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Crohn's & Colitis UK Open Call Research Awards

We’re excited to announce that we have £200,000 available to fund research into Crohn’s and Colitis in 2021, which is double the amount projected back in the spring, thanks to the generosity of our amazing donors, fundraisers and those who left us legacies. 

This means we can continue to offer support to ground-breaking research projects that will develop effective treatments and improve the lives of people living with Crohn’s and Colitis.

As you know, the past year or so has been extremely challenging for research. Like many charities, we experienced a significant drop in income in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and many researchers were also re-deployed to support the NHS or to work on COVID-19 research. As a result, we had to cancel our application process for research funding and pause all our existing grant funding for several months. We would like to thank all of you for your patience during this time and we are delighted that our funded projects are now back up and running.

This year, we are delighted to once again be able to offer opportunities for novel and innovative research projects. Our 2021 Open Call received a large number of high quality applications, making the process highly competitive. Final funding decisions will be announced in October.  

Our Open Call invites applications for funding of research that is novel/original, good value for money, and will benefit people with Crohn's, Colitis, or any other form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) 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 people with the conditions. 

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

We are not currently open to applications for funding, but please do check back as we will advertise any opportunities here.

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Crohn’s & Colitis UK Fellowship Awards

No Fellowship Awards are currently being made. The coronavirus pandemic has affected many charities 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 previous years, we have offered additional funding to encourage exceptional clinicians (healthcare professionals working in clinical practice) with a research interest in IBD to develop into future Crohn’s and Colitis specialist experts.

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