Businesses and researchers only have until 3 September to apply for a new £750,000 fund from Coeliac UK, the UK charity for people who need to live gluten free, and Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

With only two months to go until deadline, researchers and businesses need to hurry and apply for a share of the funding through three priority themes – digital self-care tools, healthcare diagnostics and better gluten free food production, with the grants ranging up to £250k. For more information and details of each theme, please see www.coeliac.org.uk/innovateuk.

Sarah Sleet, chief executive of Coeliac UK said: “We have had a number of interested parties contact us keen to get involved in the funding opportunities and we encourage more applications. This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses and researchers to develop competitive advantages which will be of benefit to a badly underserved patient group. We are delighted to be working with Innovate UK to promote more innovation in these areas.”

Kathryn Miller, Innovation Lead for Food and Nutrition at Innovate UK, said: “This is a new partnership for Innovate UK, working with high profile 3rd sector organisations such as Coeliac UK, so it’s great to see good levels of interest in this competition. I would encourage others who may be thinking of applying not to miss out on such an exciting opportunity.”
Earlier in the year, as part of the charity’s 50th Anniversary activities, Coeliac UK launched a Research Fund and accompanying fundraising appeal, aiming to raise £5 million to change the future for people with coeliac disease and gluten related autoimmune conditions.  For more information see: www.coeliac.org.uk/researchfund.

The Fund has already received an injection of £500k from Innovate UK which in addition to £250k from the charity, will support this new research competition. Together with match funding from industry total spend on new research for a growing global market will be nearer £1m.

To find out more about this competition and to apply visit www.coeliac.org.uk/innovateuk.