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 - innovating for improvement

Aims to support innovative approaches and ideas. Projects should test and develop ideas and approaches to improve health and social care delivery or the way people manage their own health care in the UK.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
15 months

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

Medical Research Council (MRC) - Career Development Award (CDA)

Supports talented non-clinical post-doctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Maximum duration
5 years
Submission deadline

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) - Clinician Scientist Fellowship (CSF)

Develops talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition to independent investigator. Not available to individuals who hold a tenured academic position at the time of application.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Maximum duration
5 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