Raising awareness and funding research into gut and liver disease

Core's work saves lives. Our research finds cures and improves outcomes; our information supports patients; and we raise awareness of GI diseases.
Tom Smith, Chief Executive

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.


Grant Programmes

World Cancer Research Fund International is accepting grant applications for research on the links between diet, nutrition, body composition, physical activity and cancer, as part of its Regular Grant Programme 2014/15 cycle. Please pass this information on to colleagues who might be interested in applying. Deadline for submission is 10 October 2014. Visit www.wcrf.org/apply for more information.


Development Awards

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

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.

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 essay prize for medical student son BSc or MRes courses
  • Six £1,000 bursaries for medical students taking full time science degrees
  • Two £2,200 bursaries to support research for F1/F2 doctors
  • Three £500 awards for primary and secondary care nurses for initiatives which have advanced patient care.

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.


For more information please contact Alice Kington.

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