Research Grants and Awards


PhD Studentship:

PhD studentship: CICRA invites applications from research groups with a proven track record of high quality output in gut immunology and inflammation or IBD genetics. Fees and stipends in line with MRC rates.  Closing date for receipt of applications -  Friday 2nd November 2018

Project grant:  CICRA invites high quality research applications relevant to Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis in childhood for a 1 or 2 year Project Grant of up to £100,000 p.a.     Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday 2nd November 2018

Forms can be downloaded from the CICRA website or by emailing  

Bursary grants  of up to £400 (up to a total amount of £5,000pa) to enable UK based young doctors still in training/nurses/final year medical students and similar persons with an interest in the area of Crohn's and colitis (IBD) to support attendance at national, international scientific/educational congresses and if considered appropriate IBD related training courses. Also a £1000 annual bursary for travel/registration at national and international meetings for doctors in training to become paediatric gastroenterologists.

Application forms and further information can be obtained from the CICRA website:

Mrs Margaret Lee MBE,Chair

Pat Shaw House, 13 - 19 Ventnor Road, Sutton, Surrey SM2 6AQ

020 8949 6209 | |


Joint  Children’s Liver Disease Foundation/ BSPGHAN 2018 -  Start-up Research Grants

BSPGHAN and Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) are co-funding start-up research grants with an overall aim of encouraging research in liver disease in children and young people. We aim to support preliminary research that will contribute significantly to a subsequent larger research grant proposal. There are no restrictions on the scope of projects which may focus on gaining insights into the causes of liver disease or improving diagnosis, management and longer-term outcomes. Projects may be stand-alone or linked to one or more existing studies.

All Members and Associate Members of BSPGHAN are eligible to apply. Submissions are invited, we hope to award three grants, each for up to a maximum of £10,000. One of the grants will be a stand-alone award for a project relating to Biliary Atresia. The other two grants can be for any aspect of paediatric liver disease.

Funds may be used for any purpose that facilitates the research. This includes buying minor equipment, reagents or consumables, travel expenses, support staff time and the additional costs paid as a result of releasing the applicant from his/her contracted duties. Projects must be completed within 12-24 months of funds being awarded.

Successful applicants must agree to provide an interim progress and final project report, submit the findings for a poster or presentation at both a BSPGHAN meeting and CLDF’s biennial National Conference and aim to publish the findings if appropriate.

Proposals must be submitted to Alison Taylor ( by  8am on Tuesday 20th November . Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel made up of members of CLDF’s Scientific Committee and the Joint BSPGHAN/NIHR-Children Research Working Group. We aim to inform applicants regarding funding during the week of the BSPHGAN conference 23rd – 25th January 2019

Please find details and application form to download visit

Please contact or if you would like to discuss any aspect of your proposal.

Dr David Campbell, Chair                                                               Alison Taylor, CEO

Joint BSPGHAN/NIHR-Children Research Working Group                Children’s Liver Disease Foundation

Small grants programme

Which makes available £5,000 quarterly.  The programme aims to support research teams to generate proof of principle, preliminary data or smaller projects.  Applications from nursing and allied professionals are welcome within this programme.  The programme will not top up funds for a larger grant award.  Turn around is swift.  Deadline application dates are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September & 31 December each year. For further details on the programme and to download an application form go to:

2019 Crohn’s and Colitis UK Research Awards  are now inviting applications for these project grants with a closing date of 1st October 2018.  Details of award can be viewed here with full details available on their website.

Newly added 8th July 2018


BSPGHAN Innovation Grant 2017

Projects chosen for BIG Award are:

Decision tree for multi professional staff and families caring for patients with neurodisabling conditions who develop severe gut dysmotility:  Applicants: Dr Andrew Barclay and Dr Sue Protheroe on behalf of BSPGHAN NIFWG/ RCPCH Clinical Standards

Digital Ulcerative Colitis Healthcare project(DUCH project):  Applicants:   Dr Jonathan Hind; Dr Dhamyanthi Thangarah, Dr John Fell and Dr Mohammed Mutalib

Paed eBANS administrator:  Applicants: Dr Akshay Batra (eBANS); Dr Andrew Barclay (NIFWG); Dr Anthony Wiskin (eBANS): Dr Jutta Koeglmeier (NIFWG): Dr Julian Thomas (eBANS)

BSPGHAN Innovation Grant 2018.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted an application for a BSPGHAN Innovation Grant for 2018 round.  Results will be announced shortly

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