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.

Core Research Prize

Core is offering a £1,000 prize for an essay (of approximately 1,000 words) describing the applicant’s clinical or scientific research in any area of gastroenterology/hepatology. The research must have been recently completed by the applicant and undertaken during the applicant’s PhD or MD degree.  A list of the applicant’s relevant published work (including abstracts) should be appended.                 

The work should be the subject of at least one abstract submitted for possible presentation at the 2015 DDF Scientific Meeting (abstract submission deadline 27 February 2015). Applicants should include copies of submitted abstracts with their application.

The application deadline for 2015 has now passed. The deadline for applications for 2016 will be announced in due course. 


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 for 2015 has now passed. The deadline for applications for 2016 will be announced in due course. 

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 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.



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