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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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

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

BSPGHAN / GUTS UK - Joint Research Awards

Provides financial support for the collection of pilot or proof-of-concept data. Applications are invited from clinician and scientist investigators, including Academic Clinical Lecturers, based at a UK university or hospital planning research studies on any topic within paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000

CIRCA - John Earnshaw Bursary Awards

Specifically to enable CICRA funded Research Fellows, and others in training in the area of Paediatric IBD, to support their attendance at UK and international scientific/educational congresses, and if appropriate IBD related training courses.
Award programme/theme
Research support grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000

CIRCA - Small Grants

CICRA welcomes applications for small grants of up to £400 to enable UK based trainees/nurses/medical students and similar persons with an interest in the area of Crohn's and colitis (IBD) to participate in appropriate scientific/educational congresses etc.
Award programme/theme
Research support grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000

Coeliac UK - Early Stage Feasibility (Research Project Grant)

Coeliac UK in collaboration with Innovate UK are launching a second research call to industry and researchers to make improvements for people living with coeliac disease. Research must focus on either: improving diagnostics for coeliac disease, refractory coeliac disease and/or gluten related neurological conditions; developing tools for improving the long term management of coeliac disease; enhancing the quality of staple gluten free food.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£100,001 to £250,000
Maximum duration
1 year

Coeliac UK - Experimental Development Grant

Coeliac UK in collaboration with Innovate UK are launching a second research call to industry and researchers to make improvements for people living with coeliac disease. Research must focus on either: improving diagnostics for coeliac disease, refractory coeliac disease and/or gluten related neurological conditions; developing tools for improving the long term management of coeliac disease; enhancing the quality of staple gluten free food.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£100,001 to £250,000
Maximum duration
18 months