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Funding opportunities

We fund research and make significant contributions to the long term research agenda in understanding, diagnosing, managing and treating coeliac disease, so that one day, no one's life will be limited by gluten.

Our Research Strategy, 2018-2022, outlines our research priorities and the funding opportunities available.

Coeliac UK and Innovate UK joint research call, 2019

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Status : OPEN

Total funding available: £180k

Project costs can range from £50k to £250k:

  • Early stage feasibility; 6 - 12 months, up to £100k
  • Industrial research; 12 - 36 months, £50k - £250k
  • Experimental development; 6 - 18 months, £50k - £250k

Further information on funding rules is available on the Innovate UK website.

ResearchersPlease note a maximum of 30% of total eligible project costs are available to research participants, with the exception of early stage feasibility grant applications, where the maximum is 50% of total eligible costs.

Commercial organisations: The grant awarded towards the costs will need to meet the following conditions: 

At least 70% of total eligible project costs should be incurred by commercial organisations. You can recoup up to 70% of your costs depending on the size of your business, the type of project and funding available.

Maximum percentage of recoup of costs incurred by commercial organisation(s) for each project type.

Applicant Business size Feasibility studies Industrial Research Experimental Development
Micro/Small 70% 70% 45%
Medium 60% 60% 35%
Large 50% 50% 25%

Maximum grant available £180k

Closing date: 16 September 2019, 10:00 (GMT+1)

Coeliac UK in collaboration with Innovate UK are launching a second research call to industry and researchers to make improvements for people living with coeliac disease. Projects must underpin and support Coeliac UK's top ten research priorities, for example:

  • improving diagnostics for coeliac disease, refractory coeliac disease and/or gluten related neurological conditions
  • developing tools for improving the long term management of coeliac disease
  • enhancing the quality of staple gluten free food

Further information can be found in the guidance for applicants, with section 3.6 dedicated to these grants. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a call to discuss your ideas, please complete this online form.

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. Its mission is to drive productivity and growth, to create skilled jobs and to increase exports. It has a strong track record of driving growth, working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation.

Information on the three great projects funded from our first joint call with Innovate UK can be found on our website.

Coeliac UK and Crohn's and Colitis UK joint epidemiology research call, 2019

Joint branding for the CUK and CCUK epidemiology research call

Status: OPEN

Funding available: up to £70k for one project for a max. 12 months

Open date: 28 June 2019

Closing date: 23 September 2019, 10:00 (GMT+1)

Outcome notification: Early December 2019

Estimated project start: January 2020

Researchers are invited to submit applications to this joint call for the epidemiology of coeliac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD aurum), we require the incidence and prevalence of these conditions in the UK as of 2019, categorised for age (yearly for children, range for adults), gender, ethnicity, geographical region, socioeconomic status and age within geographical region. We would also like to know how many people diagnosed with these conditions, were previously diagnosed or treated for irritable bowel syndrome.

Both charities have an Awareness Week in May 2020, the ability to achieve preliminary prevalence figures by the beginning of May, would be advantageous.

It is expected that at least two manuscripts will be submitted for potential publication, one for coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis, the other for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Sponsored dissertations

We will provide small grants, to encourage undergraduates or postgraduates studying at UK institutions, including but not limited to nutrition, dietetics, immunology, food technology, epidemiology, public health, psychology or medicine, to focus on coeliac disease and the impacts of gluten in their project work.

The primary objective is to place coeliac disease and the gluten free diet on the research agenda of UK academic institutions, whilst commissioning research that underpins our research priorities.

Application forms will be reviewed by the Policy Research and Campaigns (PRC) team and our Member Review Panel. The final decision for funding will be made by the Charity’s Chief Executive Officer based on the advice of the PRC team.

For further detail, please refer to Information for applicants.


Funding available: Five grants up to £1000 each

Open date: 16 September 2019

Closing date: 4 November 2019, 10:00 (GMT)

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