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Our grant round is currently closed. If you would like to be notified when we open future grant rounds, please complete this form.

Other Funding

In 2020, The BMA Foundation for Medical Research will be inviting applications for the Dawkins and Strutt grant.  This award, for up to £65,000 is for research in the field of gastroenterology. Applicants must be UK registered medical practitioners or research scientists working in the UK. Projects must relate to the UK only. 

This grant, and other BMA Foundation grants will be available to apply for online on the BMA Foundation website from 01 January 2020. The application deadline is 6 March 2020. For more information on the Dawkins and Strutt grant, other BMA Foundation grants and to apply, please see:

Funding guidelines

Our project grant support provides up to two years of salary costs to cover required research posts, consumables and small items of essential equipment.

Our pilot grant support provides up to 18 months of salary costs to cover required research posts along with consumables.

All costs must be fully justified within the application.

Please note that we will only consider invited resubmissions. We will not fund through this scheme:

  • Grants for further education, e.g. MSc/PhD and course fees
  • Grants for Clinical Research Training Fellowships
  • Grants for work undertaken outside the UK (co-applicants and collaborators may be from non-UK based institutes but the Principal Applicant must be based within the UK)
  • Grants towards ‘top up’ funding for specific projects already supported by other funding bodies
  • Grants to other charities

Research Policies

We support the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) position statement on using animals in research. You can read our full statement here.

All members of our Scientific Advisory Board and Lay review Panel are required to sign up to our Conflict of Interest policy prior to reviewing any grant applications.  You can read a copy of our Conflict of Interest Policy here.

Bowel Cancer UK is committed to ensuring that the results of the research we fund are disseminated as widely as possible.  You can read our open access policy here

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support

Bowel cancer UK is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has extended support into health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings.

The change to the policy (from 1 January 2018) means the CRN can support research conducted outside of NHS settings, such as studies running in care homes or in hospices, which will answer important questions for those patient populations. The CRN will also be able to better support research into public health, for example in schools and other community settings. This change is a way in which the NIHR is addressing the evolving health and care landscape and the changing needs of people and patients.

Read the full policy: Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support.

In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local CRN team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study to fully benefit from the support the NIHR CRN offers as outlined in their Study Support Service. To find out more about how you can apply for this additional support to help deliver your study, please visit

If your study involves NHS sites in England you will need to apply for Health Research Authority Approval. For guidance on submitting an application please visit:


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