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 - Helen H Lawson Grant for Paediatric Research

Funding for UK-registered medical practitioners for either research in progress or prospective paediatric research.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years

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

Bone Cancer Research Trust - Ideas Grant

The Bone Cancer Research Trust funds research from a range of disciplines to help to find the cause or cure of primary bone cancer. We also fund research that will improve the care for patients with this disease. This Ideas Grant is for research focused on adamantinoma.
Award programme/theme
Starter grant / pilot grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000

Bone Cancer Research Trust - Skill Development Grants

Funding to enable researchers to learn new skills through short term laboratory visits. Funding is also available to attend conferences where new research findings are presented.
Award programme/theme
Research support grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000

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

Brain Research UK - PhD studentships

Intended to enable outstanding graduates to gain the necessary skills and training to set them on course for the development of an independent career in one of their three priority research areas, or to support clinicians entering a clinical academic career pathway focused on one of these areas.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Funding amount range
£100,001 to £250,000
Maximum duration
4 years

Brain Research UK - Project Grants

Provides funding for translational research projects in one of their three priority areas: Acquired Brain and Spinal Cord Injury, Neuro-oncology, Headache and Facial Pain.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000
Maximum duration
3 years

British Council for Prevention of Blindness - Fellowships

Funds fellowships leading to the award of PhD or MD to further the goals of VISION 2020.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Funding amount range
£100,001 to £250,000
Maximum duration
3 years

British Council for Prevention of Blindness - Research Grants

Grants are offered for research projects that further the goals of ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’. Research grants are available to clinicians, scientists or epidemiologists for 'pump-priming' to develop their research ideas and generate pilot data to facilitate a future application for a substantial grant or to provide funding for a non-clinical PhD or DrPH studentship.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years