07 Jun 2019

UK businesses and researchers are being asked to apply for a piece of a research fund worth £180,000 from Coeliac UK and Innovate UK. Applications are open until September 16 for the grants to help find ways to improve the quality of life for those suffering from coeliac disease and other gluten-related autoimmune disorders.

Researchers and firms could be awarded the grant for:

  • Improving diagnosis for coeliac disease – including refractory coeliac disease or gluten related neurological conditions
  • Developing tools for long term management of the condition
  • Improving the quality of gluten free food staples

Hilary Croft, Coeliac UK’s new CEO said: “We want to change the course of coeliac disease treatment through improved diagnostics, technology and food innovations that truly bridge the gap between people, health professionals and products. Research has the power to do this and by combining forces with Innovate UK and industry, our charity demonstrates its unwavering commitment to the UK’s growing gluten free community.”

Kathryn Miller, Innovation Lead for Food and Nutrition at Innovate UK said: “It’s fantastic to be working with charities such as Coeliac UK to promote innovations that will have a real, positive impact on people’s lives. Innovate UK has long supported businesses innovating in the areas of healthcare diagnostics, digital support and enhancing nutritional quality of foods, themes already supported through joint Coeliac UK / Innovate UK funding awarded earlier this year.”