Blog Masons invest in PhDs We are delighted to have entered into a partnership with the Masonic Charitable Foundation which will see £225,000 invested in our PhD studentship programme over the next five years The grant will fund three PhD students, one starting every year between 2018 and 2022. Our Chief Executive Deborah Gilbert said: “We are grateful to have this opportunity to work in partnership with such a prestigious funder and to use our expertise to fund the very best science in the area of bowel research which remains chronically underfunded.” David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, added: “We’re very pleased to be able to work with Bowel & Cancer Research to fund such an important programme. This is our chance to make a real difference in this essential, but sadly neglected, field of research.” Our strategy is to fund the best PhD students, confident that they represent a cost-effective way of encouraging new talent and delivering future research excellence. “We always have more PhD applications than we are able to fund,” said Deborah. We are confident that this Masonic Charitable Foundation partnership will have a demonstrable impact on the breadth and depth of research into bowel disease in the UK. “It represents an exciting new model that enables organisations outside of medical research to fund in partnership with an established organisation. We hope this paves the way for more such partnerships in future. “It will enable us to accelerate our programme of excellence and bring more talented young scientists – the future generation of bowel research expertise – into the field.” The Masonic Charitable Foundation chose Bowel & Cancer Research as leader in our field The Masonic Charitable Foundation is funding PhD studentships which focus on certain conditions or themes in order to produce tangible results in a specific area. It is a standalone programme working with selected partners who are experts in their field of research. “Our ambition is to realise our vision of a future where no one dies of bowel cancer or has to live with chronic bowel disease,” said Deborah. “Although 41,000 people every year are diagnosed with bowel cancer and more than 300,000 live with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the area of bowel research remains woefully underfunded in relation to the burden of the disease. “We have no doubt that the MCF grant to Bowel & Cancer Research will help to change that situation.” The grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.