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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Ataxia Telangiectasia Society - Project Funding

Full or partial funding for particular research projects.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Maximum duration
3 years

Ataxia Telangiectasia Society - Research Support Grants

Small grants to cover support or administrative costs to enable research to be carried out, written up or disseminated.
Award programme/theme
Research support grant

Cystic Fibrosis Trust - Strategic Research Centres

Fund Strategic Research Centres intended to create multidisciplinary teams to address questions of strategic relevance to people with cystic fibrosis.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
3-5 years

Guts UK / BSPGHAN

Guts UK and BSPGHAN are inviting applications for research studies on any topic within the spectrum of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. These awards are envisaged as development grants for the collection of pilot or proof-of-concept data that will enable a high-quality competitive application to be made subsequently to a research council or other large funder, such as the NIHR.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
2 years
Submission deadline

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 Quality Improvement Partnerships (HQIP) - National Clinical Audit Programme

Supports audit programmes to improve quality of service and outcomes.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000

Medical Research Council (MRC) - Skills Development Fellowship

For capacity building in MRC priority areas - devolved funding model in which applicant must apply to their research organisation for funding.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Maximum duration
3 years

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)

Supports work that will deliver findings with practical application, typically through improved healthcare or better healthcare delivery, within three to five years of programme's end.
Award programme/theme
Programme grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
Over 5 years