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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Asthma UK - Innovation Grants

Smaller awards designed to allow for the exploration of original ideas in inherently novel priority asthma research areas and to stimulate innovation in asthma science.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
18 months

Ataxia UK - Research Grant

Provides funding for innovative and relevant research on the ataxias that fit into an explicit therapeutic strategy. Will consider research projects, PhD studentships and research fellowships.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years

BMA Foundation - Helen H Lawson Grant for Paediatric Research

Funding for UK-registered medical practitioners for either research in progress or prospective paediatric research.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years

BMA Foundation - Medical Research Grants

Provides funding for a variety of different subject areas, ranging from research into rheumatism and arthritis, to cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological disorders.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years

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

British Council for Prevention of Blindness - Research Grants

Grants are offered for research projects that further the goals of ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’. Research grants are available to clinicians, scientists or epidemiologists for 'pump-priming' to develop their research ideas and generate pilot data to facilitate a future application for a substantial grant or to provide funding for a non-clinical PhD or DrPH studentship.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
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

British Skin Foundation - Research Awards

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
Project grant
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
2 years
Submission deadline

Cancer Research UK - Biomarker Project Awards

This scheme provides funding for biomarker assay development, validation and qualification where there is a clear line of sight to clinical implementation.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years
Submission deadline

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