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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Bliss - Research Projects

Support research which has the potential to improve the delivery of neonatal care.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£100,001 to £250,000
Maximum duration
3 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) - Proof of Concept Grant

Open to researchers who have already been awarded an ERC grant. This will be additional funding to establish the innovation potential of ideas arising from the ERC-funded research projects.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
£100,001 to £250,000
Maximum duration
18 months
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

European Union (Horizon 2020) - Programme Grants

Offers a large variety of funding opportunities for research and innovation activities through calls for proposals that are set out in the Horizon 2020 work programme.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant

Garfield Weston Foundation - Project Grants

Aims to support organisations with grants in several categories including health, education, youth and community.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Maximum duration
1 year

Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and LifeArc - National Funding Call

GOSH Charity and LifeArc are inviting translational, milestone-driven applications which aim to improve the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of rare disease or that focus on developing research tools that increase the efficiency of developing interventions in rare disease. The scheme is designed to support applications on the translational pathway with the expectation that researchers will continue to develop their therapy/ diagnostic after GOSH charity/LifeArc funding, either by s...
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£100,001 to £250,000
Maximum duration
3 years
Submission deadline

Health Foundation - efficiency research programme

The programme aims to research ideas on the new ways of thinking that generate new knowledge with a focus on productivity and retention within the health care workforce.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000
Maximum duration
3-5 years

Health Foundation - Fellowships

Provides five years of funding to enable talented clinicians to pursue academic research alongside their clinical practice.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000
Maximum duration
5 years