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Research is essential to ensure the impact of liver disease is reduced in the future. British Liver Trust funds research as one of our three key aims. We have been making research awards since we were first established and we are committed to continuing to fund research to:

  • advance fundamental knowledge within hepatology
  • improve or find new methods for the prevention, early detection and screening for all types of liver disease
  • improve or find new treatments for liver disease to benefit patients
  • identify and address areas of unmet medical and research needs in liver disease
  • ensure research funding supports the further development of the Trust’s own services for the benefit of anyone affected by a liver condition

Research Funding

The British Liver Trust welcomes, supports and encourages research work into all areas of liver disease and liver cancer.

As a small charity with limited funds we are unable to consider any funding applications outside of an announced grant round. Details of any new grant rounds and the application process will be announced on our website, in our newsletter and in the appropriate medical journals. The application and peer review process will be explained as part of the application process. All grants we award for research are based on an independently rated assessment of the proposed work by a knowledgeable group of experts.

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We are also happy to provide letters of support for funding applications. Please do also let us know about any published results of significant research that is relevant to patients.

Patient Involvement in Research (PPI)

We are sometimes able to support requests for patient engagement or involvement (PPI) in research. These requests vary from asking patients to attend a focus group; disseminating a survey; being involved in the governance of a research project; checking research materials aimed at patients; advertising for patients to take part in clinical trials; providing advice and information in support of a research study, right through to publicising the results.

In recognition of the time and resource taken to process and implement these requests, we have gathered information on best practice from other charities and also from the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and make a small charge for some of these services. Please do get in touch if you require our pack regarding public/patient involvement in your study by emailing

For information on NHS funded research projects visit the National Institute for Health Research website

Click here to find out more about our research projects.