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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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

Health Foundation - Policy Challenge Fund

To support high quality, original policy analysis that will generate insight to support and inform policy makers on important current and future issues in UK health policy.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
Up to 1 year

Health Foundation - Research Projects

Fund research and policy analysis work to shine a light on how to make successful change happen within the healthcare sector
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000

Kidney Research UK - Paediatric Innovation Grants

These awards are to support new areas of clinical or science research where initial pilot/supporting data is required prior to an application for a full Research Project award, in the field of the care and treatment of children with kidney disease.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
2 years

Kidney Research UK - Project Grant

Funds standalone research at innovation and project level that will advance our knowledge of kidney disease and refine current treatments or lead to new advances in the future.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£100,001 to £250,000
Maximum duration
3 years

Medical Research Council (MRC) - Clinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF)

Supports clinically active professionals within the UK to undertake a higher research degree. The MRC collaborates with a number of Royal Colleges and charity funders to offer jointly funded Clinical Research Training Fellowship awards.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Maximum duration
3 years
Submission deadline

Medical Research Council (MRC) - New Investigator Research Grant

Provides support for clinical and non-clinical researchers while they are establishing themselves as independent principal investigators. Applicants must hold a PhD, Dphil or an MD with three to 10 years' postdoctoral research experience.
Award programme/theme
Early career investigator award
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
3-5 years
Submission deadline

Medical Research Council (MRC) - Partnership Grants

Provides core funds for one to five years to support new partnerships between diverse groupings of researchers and can be used for infrastracture support, platform activities and for bringing together managed consortia or multidisciplinary collaborations.
Award programme/theme
Partnership grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
5 years
Submission deadline

Medical Research Council (MRC) - Programme Grants

Provides grants for larger, longer term and renewable programmes. A programme is defined as a coordinated and coherent group of related projects, which may be developed to address an inter-related set of questions across a broad scientific area. Applicant must contact the Programme Manager of the relevant MRC Research Board to confirm whether the application fits the scheme at least six weeks before the submission deadline.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
3-5 years