Guts UK Development Grants

Guts UK Development Grants are awards for translational or proof of concept research in any area of gastroenterology. This grant call is now closed. We are not planning to open this grant call in 2021.

Guts UK are announcing a grant call for research projects on any area of gastroenterology (including hepatology and pancreatology), and research on nutrition. Seven grants of up to £50,000 each will be awarded for development or translational research. Five grants for research on gastroenterology (including hepatology and pancreatology) and two grants for research on any aspect of nutrition that is related to gastroenterology (including pancreatology and hepatology) . It is envisaged that the research project could allow the collection of pilot or proof-of-concept data that will enable a high-quality competitive application to be made subsequently to a research council or other large funder, such as the National Institute of Health Research. Applications will be assessed for plausibility, feasibility, importance, originality, suitability of research team, as well as for the potential to elicit clinically useful results, further funding and/or follow up studies.


The grant call is open to established investigators, both clinicians and scientists, based at a UK university or hospital. Academic Clinical Lecturers who have a contract of sufficient length to cover the duration of the research project will be considered. This award is not for a fellowship; the principal applicant must have an established academic or clinical position though co-applicants may be fellows. Funding will be available only in the UK.


The maximum allowed budget is £50,000. Only the direct costs associated with the project will be funded. Overhead allocation or other indirect costs, including senior or supervisory posts which are already covered by HEFCE or other funding will not be funded. Equipment or capital costs will not be funded either. The maximum duration of the projects should be 24 months.


Guts UK are keen that the research starts as soon as possible after the award of the grant. Ethical approval, if required by the project, will be needed before the work commences. All licences pertaining to research using animals must be valid and in place.

Provided the study meets the NIHR’s definition of a ‘research study’, the selected project(s) will also be eligible for adoption by the UK Clinical Research Network and therefore will be eligible for NIHR support. For clinical research proposals, applicants are encouraged to contact their local NIHR Clinical Research Network for advice as early as possible.


To apply, download the following documents:

Please email your application (including copies of supporting letters and emails ) together with a scanned copy of the application to You will need to post a wet-signed copy to Research Awards, Guts UK, 3 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LB (this can be received till a week later than the submission date). Both electronic and hard copies are required for the application to be considered complete. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The deadline for applications will be 5pm 19thAugust 2019. Applications will be initially reviewed by a subset of the Guts UK Research Awards Committee. The top scoring applications will be sent for external peer review. These applications, and their external reviews, will be assessed by the Guts UK Research Awards Committee. The Research Awards Committee will then select seven research projects for funding and the Trustees of Guts UK will approve the awards of the grants to those research projects. The successful applicant will be notified by the beginning/middle December 2019.

Please note: Any queries relating to submission of the application must be referred directly to Guts UK.  Applicants or their colleagues may not contact a Research Awards Committee member or Guts UK Trustee to discuss any aspect of an application or the decision reached on it.

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