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.

Bowel & Cancer Research and Core Joint Development Award

Diverticular disease is common and is the subject of 1 in 3 patient enquiries to Core, yet it is a relatively neglected area of research. This joint call from Core and Bowel & Cancer Research, under the umbrella of the Diverticular Research Campaign, is motivated by a desire to change that.

Appropriate applications for development award funding may range from basic and translational science to research for patient benefit, including but not limited to:

  • pathogenesis (including role of the microbiome and other mechanisms and relationship to IBS)
  • development and validation of robust assessment tools, symptomatology and clinical impact
  • early phase assessments of new therapeutic approaches
  • comparison of currently available treatments or their appropriate deployment, including appropriate selection and use of surgical techniques.
  • Proposals need not be narrowly focused on diverticular disease as long as they have the realistic potential to advance understanding or management of this condition. For this call there is £60,000 of funding available for two awards. The maximum funding per award is £30,000.

    Funded projects should be completed within 18 months of commencing. This call is open only to UK applicants. We will fund only the direct costs associated with the project and will not fund overhead allocation or other indirect costs, including senior or supervisory posts which are already covered by HEFCE (or other) funding. We will not fund equipment or capital costs. Applicants must have established academic positions.

    In assessing proposals equal weight will be given to the intrinsic merits of the application and to the chances that the research will lead to a further successful application for more substantial funding. It is hoped successful applications will spearhead further fundraising.

    The deadline for preliminary applications is 5pm on 12 October. Full applications will be required by 5pm on 18 January 2016.

    Download the application form and guidelines

    Core Research Essay 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.


    These awards are for 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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