Our approach

Since our foundation in 1971 as the Digestive Disorders Foundation, Guts UK’s vision has been of a world where digestive diseases are better understood, better treated and where everyone who lives with one gets the support they need. Digestive diseases are conditions that affect the gut, the liver or the pancreas. They are surprisingly widespread but include some of the conditions about which we know the least.

Their impact can be devastating, and the burden they place on society as a whole is huge.

Research into some types of digestive diseases is already generously funded by other charities so Guts UK prioritises research into those diseases where research is underfunded and where we can make a significant difference. Gut UK’s current priority areas are:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Heartburn, Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal (gullet) cancer
  • Functional abdominal pain and IBS
  • Diverticular disease
  • Gut and liver disorders in childhood
  • Healthy nutrition, including effects encouraging healthy gut bacteria

Why is research so important? Investment into medical research keeps all our doctors, nurses, surgeons and healthcare professionals at the top of their game, enabling them to deliver the best healthcare they can and every patient benefits from this.

Research is everyone’s business. We need a dramatic shift in perception and levels of research into this hugely important area.  Guts UK wants to start a national conversation about our guts and engage all ages with the fascinating facts, ignite interest, raise awareness and help this underrated topic finally get its time in the spotlight.

If you have questions about this funding opportunity or would like to sign up for research award updates, email research@gutscharity.org.uk