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Research fund opens to support gluten free research and production

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A leading charity has announced a new £750k fund is open for research in gluten free food production and coeliac disease diagnostics and self-care

Coeliac UK, along with Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, has opened applications from businesses and researchers to the £750,000 fund, who can apply for a share of the funding through three priority themes – healthcare diagnostics, digital self-care tools and better gluten free food production – with the grants ranging from £50k to £250k.

Earlier this year, as part of the charity’s 50th anniversary activities, Coeliac UK launched a Research Fund and accompanying fundraising appeal, aiming to raise £5m to change the future for people with coeliac disease and gluten related autoimmune conditions. It 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.

Sarah Sleet, Chief Executive of Coeliac UK, explained: “With the global diagnosis for coeliac disease increasing year on year, this is a chance for UK business and researchers to get ahead and develop competitive advantages in innovation, which will be of benefit to a badly underserved patient group. We are thrilled to be working with Innovate UK to promote innovation that will have a real and positive impact on people’s lives.”

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