BSG-Core Trainee Research Awards


Core and the British Society of Gastroenterology are inviting applications under this research programme which is open to UK-based gastroenterology specialty trainees who would like to conduct research in any area of gastroenterology, pancreatology, liver disease or nutrition.

For Core, the aim of these awards is to support as wide a range of research as possible and to engage with gastroenterologists and hepatologists.  For the BSG, the scheme will enable trainees to become engaged with research and obtain funding.

One grant of up to £5,000 for collaborators within a Trainee Research Network will be made. Applications for amounts above £5,000 will be rejected. Applications for the network awards may be for new projects for existing networks or for the development of a project within a new research network.

  • The research project must address an area of clinical need within gastroenterology and have clear patient benefit.
  • Pilot and feasibility work to enable larger grant applications will be considered.
  • The project must be entirely based within the UK and for a period of one year only.

The successful project should be able to start within a maximum of six months of the date of the award.  Ideally ethical approval, where necessary, will have been sought before the application is submitted but applications will be accepted before approval has been sought.  However, funds will not be released until proof of ethics approval has been submitted for applications where ethical approval is required. A final report should be available to Core within three months of completion.

All relevant non-capital project costs can be funded under this award.  This can include, for example, network-related set up costs such as website, database expenses as well as project-related travel or volunteers expenses but excludes conference attendance.

Please note: Core supported projects are eligible for CRN support provided they meet NIHR’s standard study eligibility criteria and we would encourage applicants to consider this in the design and subsequent delivery of their project.

In order to assist with project start-up costs up to 20% of the grant award can be made in advance.  The final 20% of the award will be paid upon receipt of a satisfactory final report and invoice detailing expenditure.


Research Networks Awards

  • Applications should include a group of six or more trainees linked as a research network either within a region or nationally.
  • The project has to be delivered from a network of at least six trainees from at least four independent trusts.
  • A single senior applicant can be the chair of the research network with other trainees listed as co-applicants or collaborators.
  • The lead applicant must be a gastroenterology trainee at a grade of specialty trainee, but co-applicants can be from all training grades as long as they are part of the research network working together.
  • Agreement from a supervisor or mentor must be provided from the host institution that will administer the grant. The supervisor will be expected to oversee the project and must sign the application.

To fill out the application form for Research Network Awards, please click here. THESE AWARDS ARE NOW CLOSED.

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