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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British Heart Foundation - Translation Awards

Supports the development of cardiovascular technologies from the proof-of-concept stage to being ready for the commercial market. Designed to help to bridge the funding gap between promising innovations and the clinic with the aim of accelerating advances for patient benefit.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
3 years
Submission deadline

Cancer Research UK - The Experimental Medicine Award

Funds highly ambitious translational research conducted in association with a clinical trial or well designed clinical study.The types of studies that fit this scheme are typically investigator-led studies for highly ambitious translational research conducted in association with a clinical trial or well-designed clinical study with the objective of optimising treatment and maximising patient benefit.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
5 years

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

Diabetes UK - RD Lawrence Fellowship

The RD Lawrence Fellowship is a career development fellowship that enables postdoctoral researchers to establish their independence in diabetes research.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
5 years
Submission deadline

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - Social Sciences Research

Provides funding to enable research teams to undertake social sciences research - anything from a standard research project through to a large scale survey or methodological development.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
3-5 years

European Research Council (ERC) - Advanced Grants

Allows exceptional established research leaders to pursue groundbreaking, high risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
3-5 years
Submission deadline

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 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

Health Quality Improvement Partnerships (HQIP) - National Clinical Audit Programme

Supports audit programmes to improve quality of service and outcomes.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000

LifeArc - Philanthropic Fund

Supports translational rare disease research projects. Focus will be on developing an intervention (therapeutic, device or diagnostic) that will address a significant, unaddressed need for rare disease patients and on research which has a credible translational and development path to reaching patients.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000