Research funding opportunities

We support and promote paediatric child health research in the UK and internationally. Search our database of current and upcoming opportunities for projects and posts.

These opportunities are not managed nor endorsed by RCPCH. Though we do our best to ensure they are relevant and high quality, we cannot take any responsibility for their content or accuracy. If you have questions or would like to submit a joint funding application with the College, contact us on research@rcpch.ac.uk.

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BBC Children in Need - Main Grants Programme

Support projects working to make a real difference to children and young people's lives.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
£100,001 to £250,000
Maximum duration
3 years

BBC Children in Need- Small Grants Programme

Support projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people experiencing disadvantage.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
1 year

British Heart Foundation - Programme Grants

Provide long-term support on a five year rolling basis for basic or applied clinical research relevant to the cardiovascular system.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Maximum duration
5 years (extendable)

Child Liver Disease Foundation - Small Grants Programme

Supports a wide range of projects, including clinical, lab-based, social and nursing research which look into understanding and improving treatments in paediatric hepatology.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
Up to 1 year

Coeliac UK (with Crohn's & Colitis UK) - Regular Grants Programme

Aims to fund a UK-wide study to describe the occurrence of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), stratified by age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and geographical location.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
1 year

Crohn’s & Colitis UK - Open Call Research Awards

To fund scientific research into Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), research into the social and psychological impacts of IBD, and research into improving health services for people with the condition.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years
Submission deadline

Cystic Fibrosis Trust - Strategic Research Centres

Fund Strategic Research Centres intended to create multidisciplinary teams to address questions of strategic relevance to people with cystic fibrosis.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
3-5 years

European Research Council (ERC) - Consolidator Grants

Supports researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
5 years
Submission deadline

European Union (Horizon 2020) - Programme Grants

Offers a large variety of funding opportunities for research and innovation activities through calls for proposals that are set out in the Horizon 2020 work programme.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant

Health Foundation - efficiency research programme

The programme aims to research ideas on the new ways of thinking that generate new knowledge with a focus on productivity and retention within the health care workforce.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000
Maximum duration
3-5 years