Shire Innovation Funds for Specialist Registrars
in Gastroenterology


The Shire Innovation Funds aim to support Specialist Registrars (SpRs) working in Gastroenterology to develop projects benefitting patient care in the UK.

The Funds

There are two Funds available:

  1. Travel bursaries for the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) congress
    A total fund of £8,000 will be made available, for which SpRs whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation at ECCO can apply. The travel bursary is to be used for visiting the congress (e.g., to pay for congress registration, standard class accommodation and travel).
  2. Innovative projects that will benefit patient care
    A total fund of £7,500 will be made available for projects that will benefit patient care or local gastroenterology services. The Fund is open to all types of proposals such as research activities, audits or patient educational materials.

Apply Online or By Post

If you are a SpR in year 3 or above who is a gastroenterology physician or surgeon, or working in related specialities, such as pathology or radiology, including as a research fellow, you can apply to either or both of the Funds. On the application form you can find:

  • More information on the Funds and how to apply
  • Address for applications by post

Click here for the travel bursary application form and to apply online.
Click here for the project fund application form and to apply online.

View the Shire Innovation Fund for SpRs in Gastroenterology newsletters to read examples of previous successful projects.

Judging Panel

The Shire Innovation Fund for SpRs in Gastroenterology is very proud to have three leading consultants in gastroenterology and hepatology on its independent judging panel:

  • Professor Alastair Forbes University of East Anglia, Norwich,
  • Professor David Rampton – Barts and the London NHS Trust
  • Professor Chris Probert – Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital
    NHS Trust


All applications are provided to the panel in an anonymised form so that an unbiased and fair decision can be reached. Please note that Shire does not receive any details of the applications or the applicants until after the judging process has been completed.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the application process or the Funds themselves, please do not hesitate to email


Page last updated November 2014 - UK/C-ANPROM/GBU/14/0040a