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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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

British Council for Prevention of Blindness - Research Mentorship Awards

These aim to build research links between hospitals and universities in developing countries and UK universities or NHS Trusts, with the goal of building research capacity. Awarded to enable applicants from developing countries with a colleague or mentor in the UK to work together to develop a research project.
Award programme/theme
Research support grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000

British Heart Foundation - Clinical Study Grants

Support clinical trials and other clinical studies relevant to the cardiovascular system.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000
Maximum duration
5 years

British Heart Foundation - Immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Fellowships

To provide an opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent cardiovascular research careers in an established institution in the UK.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Maximum duration
4 years

British Heart Foundation - Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowships

Provides a career opportunity in an established research institution in the UK for individuals with an established research record who intend to become leaders in academic medical research.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Maximum duration
5 years (plus 2 year extension is possible)

British Heart Foundation - New Horizon Grants

Designed to encourage scientists from outside traditional cardiovascular biology to engage in cardiovascular research and bring novel expertise to the field, and to develop new technologies, models or methodologies. Examples of such collaborations includes cooperatives between biologists and engineers, physicists, mathematicians etc.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000
Maximum duration
3 years