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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Bowel & Cancer Research & BDRF - PhD Studentship

Funds research into malignant and benign colorectal disease and /or research into Bowel Disease (with a preference for colorectal cancer).
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years

Bowel & Cancer Research - Proof-of-Principle Small Grants

Area of interest is lower GI/ bowel research in malignant and non-malignant, diagnostic or treatment studies or device/intervention development for which future translation to tangible patient benefit can be anticipated.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
18 months

Brain Research UK - PhD studentships

Intended to enable outstanding graduates to gain the necessary skills and training to set them on course for the development of an independent career in one of their three priority research areas, or to support clinicians entering a clinical academic career pathway focused on one of these areas.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Funding amount range
£100,001 to £250,000
Maximum duration
4 years

British Heart Foundation - Non-clinical PhD Studentships

To allow talented students to complete a PhD in cardiovascular science in an established research institution in the UK.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Maximum duration
3 years

British Lung Foundation - PhD Studentship

Funding is available to support a PhD student performing research in one or more of the following priority areas: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), children’s lung disease and bronchiectasis.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years

Crohn's in Childhood Research Association - PhD Studentships

To encourage young scientists to gain their PhD whilst researching Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Maximum duration
3 years

Cystic Fibrosis Trust - Summer Studentships

Funds hands-on experience of research during the academic summer vacation for promising medical and basic science undergraduates.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
8 weeks

Diabetes UK - PhD studentships

Enables outstanding science graduates to study for a PhD in the field of diabetes research.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years
Submission deadline

Fight for Sight - PhD Studentships

Provides a grant of up to £100,000 to support the training of a graduate student to take up a career in ophthalmic and vision research and leading to the presentation of a PhD.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years

Medical Research Council (MRC) - Career Development Award (CDA)

Supports talented non-clinical post-doctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Maximum duration
5 years
Submission deadline