Coeliac UK basic science research call 2022

Status: OPEN

Funding available: up to £250k for one project for a maximum 36 months

Open date: 21 June, 2022

Closing date: 14 September, 2022, 10:00 (GMT+1)

Outcome notification: December, 2022

Estimated project start date: January, 2023

After a number delays due to the pandemic, Coeliac UK finally held its long awaited science workshop in March of this year. The research community came together to identify basic science projects that will improve our understanding of coeliac disease and its association with other autoimmune diseases, so that one day we may be able to prevent or even cure coeliac disease.

Researchers are invited to submit an application to this call that will underpin Coeliac UK’s top ten research priorities, in particular the six priorities that were the focus of the science workshop:

  • Finding the triggers for coeliac disease. We know you need certain genetics and gluten to develop coeliac disease but on their own this is not enough. What are the other triggers? Do they determine when someone will develop coeliac disease and/or predict how severe disease associated symptoms or complications will be?
  • Understanding neurological forms of coeliac disease. What is the spectrum of neurological forms of coeliac disease and how does neurological dysfunction develop?
  • Understanding the link between coeliac disease and other conditions. How can we better understand the associations between coeliac disease and other conditions and what factors influence the risk of developing such conditions?
  • Finding a cure for coeliac disease. How can coeliac disease be cured so that consideration of a gluten free diet is no longer necessary?
  • Preventing the onset of coeliac disease. How can coeliac disease and associated complications be prevented in genetically vulnerable individuals?
  • Understanding the causes of refractory coeliac disease. How can we better understand the causes of refractory coeliac disease types I and II and use this understanding to develop and improve diagnosis and treatment?

We welcome applications involving researchers from outside the UK however, the Principle Investigator of the project must be UK based. Collaborations across disciplines and conditions, where appropriate, are strongly encouraged.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone about a potential application please contact our Research Officer, Alice Andrews, using the online enquiry form.