In 2019, Beyond Celiac launched our strategic science plan to create pathways to treatments and cure for celiac disease.
Our mission has evolved to one of advancing the science of celiac disease because we firmly believe that with a strategic approach to funding focused research, an effective treatment or cure could be possible within the next 10 years. To accomplish that goal, we are laser-focused and addressing the many barriers currently existing.
The large, diverse celiac disease community continues to suffer from high daily burdens in coping with the disease, and we need treatments and a cure. Beyond Celiac has crafted its science plan to change the future for the 1% of the population living with this serious genetic autoimmune disorder.
There are multiple pathways on the horizon for drug research, discovery and development. We know that the first need in achieving a cure for celiac disease is adequate funding. The second, related need is equally important: we need to maintain our focus on research that is practical and patient-centric. We have designed our scientific plan accordingly.
As a lean organization, we carefully target our efforts to advocate for and accelerate the best ideas in celiac disease research. We steward carefully the money you entrust to us, supporting the approaches that are most promising for patients, as we work towards a cure.
1. Innovative Research Grant: High-Potential Discovery Areas
We will provide grants to help scientists collect the preliminary data needed to begin answering major questions around celiac disease that could lead to breakthroughs for larger scale research or clinical trials.
This is a two-year grant funded at $60,000 per year (plus 8% indirect costs).
For 2019: Beyond Celiac Pilot and Feasibility Award
2. Established Investigator Grant: Best and Brightest
The historic lack of funding in celiac disease has resulted in a limited number of researchers currently studying the disease. This grant encourages the most successful scientists to continue to study celiac disease or, if working in a related field, turn their focus to celiac disease, helping to keep top scientists committed to long-term celiac disease research. Over time, these grants will lead to more researchers dedicating their careers to studying celiac disease and to finding better treatments and a cure.
This is a three-year grant funded at $100,000 per year (plus 8% indirect costs).
For 2019: Beyond Celiac Established Investigator Award
The Innovative Research Grant and the Established Investigator Grant are the cornerstones of the current Beyond Celiac Research Program, a topic-focused program designed to fund studies on issues deemed a high priority by the Beyond Celiac Scientific Advisory Council.
The 2019 priority topic is additional research into the T cells that serve as the “gatekeepers” for celiac disease. This promising area of study should inform immune tolerance strategies for treating celiac disease.
Learn more about the innovative research we’re currently funding:
Interviews with our grantees:
Learn more about how we’re bringing key stakeholders together:
As we support the ideas that offer the greatest promise, we will actively monitor and adjust our strategy as we go.
This is our passion and our life’s work. By supporting this effort, you can improve the lives of millions of Americans.
Beyond Celiac partners with pharmaceutical, health and biotech companies and organizations to advance our shared goals of unlocking celiac disease and accelerating a cure. Contact us to learn more about partnership opportunities.