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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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

Bone Cancer Research Trust - Skill Development Grants

Funding to enable researchers to learn new skills through short term laboratory visits. Funding is also available to attend conferences where new research findings are presented.
Award programme/theme
Research support grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000

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

Histio UK - Project Grants

Applications are invited for studies into the histiocytic disorder Paediatric Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. Histio UK will consider scientific and clinical research on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and clinical care of patients with Paediatric Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
2 years

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - Rapid Funding Scheme (RFS)

The Rapid Funding Scheme (RFS) offers researchers the opportunity to apply for funds to conduct rapid baseline data collection, as well as other feasibility work, prior to intervention implementation, for time-limited opportunities such as a natural experiment or similar evaluations of a new public health intervention.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
6 months
Submission deadline

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