Looking for funding?

Crohn’s & Colitis UK is delighted to be in a position to fund new research in 2021. 

We remain committed to supporting life-changing research and can now invite applications through our Open Call for grants to be awarded in 2021. 


Dr Miles Parkes

Our work based on Crohn's & Colitis UK support represents truly ground-breaking scientific research.

Dr Miles Parkes
Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

1. Crohn's & Colitis UK Open Call Research Awards

Our annual 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. 

This year, we are particularly interested in research focused on giving the right treatment at the right time. Funding for any one project is subject to a maximum of £100,000 for up to three years. Applications for funding of pilot and feasibility studies are also encouraged.

Resubmissions are considered and multiple applications can be made.

Submission Deadline 4pm Friday 28th May 2021

Apply now

Read our Guidance Notes for further information about our Research Awards and on how to complete your application.  You may also find these templates useful for compiling information for your application:

Working Draft Template

Finance Calculation Tool

If you have any technical queries, please contact the Research Team at research@crohnsandcolitis.org.uk or call us on 01727 734 468.


2. Crohn’s & Colitis UK Fellowship Awards

No Fellowship Awards will be made in 2021. 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.  We hope to be able to offer Fellowship Awards again in the future.

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.

Find out more about our Fellowships here.


3. Crohn's & Colitis UK Collaborative Awards

The ‘Pain Collaborative Research Network’ promotes and facilitates the discussion and exchange of ideas on pain in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which has been identified as an area of unmet need by researchers, clinicians and most importantly patients. For more information on the Pain Collaborative initiative, including how to join the Pain Collaborative Network, please click here.

Although continuing to run as a network, the Pain Collaborative will not be offering any funding in 2021. As with our Fellowship funding, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic means we will not be able to offer any awards this year.  We hope to be able to offer Collaborative Awards again in the future.


For more information regarding these awards, please contact us at research@crohnsandcolitis.org.uk or on 01727 734468.