Raising awareness and funding research into gut and liver disease

It is vital for doctors to do research. If you treat disease you have to have an idea of how they work. With research you see things from a different perspective
Dr. Piyara Begum

Looking for Funding?

Core supports a range of research projects from Development Awards which can support a project during its initial stages to full multi-year Fellowships.

The Dr Falk Pharma UK / Core Awards 

The Dr Falk/Core awards recognise those who bring new knowledge and insight to the field of gastroenterology and hepatology.  For those committed to furthering research or patient care, the awards are an opportunity to achieve national recognition as well as the financial support for career progression.

Prizes include:

  • A £1,000 prize for the best essay on gastroenterology research personally undertaken by medical students who were on an intercalated BSc/MSc course during 2013/14 (previous academic year)
  • Four £1,500 bursaries for medical students taking full time science degrees (BSc/MSc/MBPhD) focusing on GI / hepatology related diseases in 2014/15 (current academic year)
  • Two £2,500 bursaries to support research for F1/F2 doctors who are currently undertaking research in an area relevant to gastroenterology
  • A £1,000 award for primary and secondary care nurses for initiatives that have advanced patient care.

Falk Essay Application
Medical Student B​ursary Application 
F1F2 Application 
Nurse Grant Application

The application deadline is 5pm on Monday 16th March 2015. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Development Awards

No funds are currently available; please check again later this year.
Research projects that will have a clear impact on patient diagnosis or treatment within five years. We particularly welcome projects that are in line with the British Society of Gastroenterology Clinical Research Strategy http://www.bsg.org.uk/images/stories/docs/research/bsg_crs_10.pdf. Core is a NIHR Partner Organisation so funded projects will be eligible for portfolio adoption and NHS Service Support Costs. Prior to submission applicants should discuss their project with their Local Clinical Research Network (or equivalent network in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland). Researchers should specify in their application whether additional and/or matching funds have been requested from other sources such as the NIHR. 
Research projects can be Proof of concept or pilot projects relevant to any area of gastroenterology which would enable the researcher to gain a subsequent award from larger funding bodies. Researchers should specify in their application the funding bodies to which they would apply for subsequent support to continue their research upon completion of their proof-of-concept or pilot project. 

Core Fellowships

No funds are currently available; please check again later this year.
The Amelie Waring Fellowship is a three year fellowship into any aspect of pancreatic inflammation or injury. Preference will be given to candidates who intend to pursue research in their future careers.
The Core/Nutritional Research Foundation Fellowship is a two-year fellowship (with the possibility of an extension to three years) into nutritional aspects of gastroenterology.
Candidates should be medically qualified and it is expected that the project would lead to the award of a PhD or MD.  Applications are welcomed for any aspect of nutrition that is related to gastroenterology.  Preference will be given to candidates who intend to pursue research in their future careers.
The Derek Butler Fellowship is a 3-year full-time fellowship for research into diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract including cancer.  Research should be on the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum.  Studies on the liver and pancreas are excluded as funded elsewhere.

Core Research Prize

The Core research prize is a £1,000 prize for a study undertaken by a clinical or basic science researcher at the end of their first period of full time research for a higher degree. The research should have been completed in the last three years. The prize will be awarded on the basis of an essay of circa 1,000 words describing the research; a list of relevant full publications and abstracts by the applicant should be appended.

Application forms will soon be available for the next round of Awards. The application deadline is 5pm on Monday 16th March 2015. Applications received after this time will not be considered.


For more information please contact research@corecharity.org.uk.

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