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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Academy of Medical Sciences - Starter Grant for Clinical Lecturers

Starter grants for Clinical Lecturers. Provides support to early-career research-active clinical scientists who are at key career transition points, to gather data to strengthen their bids for longer-term fellowships and funding.
Award programme/theme
Starter grant / pilot grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
2 years
Submission deadline

Bone Cancer Research Trust - Ideas Grant

The Bone Cancer Research Trust funds research from a range of disciplines to help to find the cause or cure of primary bone cancer. We also fund research that will improve the care for patients with this disease. This Ideas Grant is for research focused on adamantinoma.
Award programme/theme
Starter grant / pilot grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000

British Skin Foundation - Small Grants Award

Funds UK or Republic of Ireland based research, which will benefit patients with skin disease and will benefit dermatological research in the future.
Award programme/theme
Starter grant / pilot grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
1 year

Epilepsy Research UK - Pilot Grant

Grants to support pilot or start-up studies. Must be a novel piece of research and not part of an already funded project.
Award programme/theme
Starter grant / pilot grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
2 years

European Research Council (ERC) - Starting Grants

Aims to support up and coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams.
Award programme/theme
Starter grant / pilot grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
5 years
Submission deadline

European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) - Small Grant Award

Small pump priming grants to ESPID members to support research work design to produce pilot data for further external funding.
Award programme/theme
Starter grant / pilot grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Submission deadline

Rosetrees Trust - Seedcorn Award

Seedcorn awards are aimed at enabling researchers to advance innovative and novel ideas related to prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of human diseases. Applicants are expected to have a novel hypothesis and some preliminary data.
Award programme/theme
Starter grant / pilot grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
18 months

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation - Pilot Grants

Pilot grants are available to allow established scientists to investigate and develop new ideas in the field of lung cancer research in the areas of Early Detection and Patient Experience.
Award programme/theme
Starter grant / pilot grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000