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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Diabetes UK - Early-Career Small Grants

Small grants for basic scientists and AHP's. Supports early-career researchers to undertake small research projects related to diabetes, with the aim of enabling successful recipients to go on to secure further, more significant, funding
Award programme/theme
Early career investigator award
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
1 year
Submission deadline

Diabetes UK - Harry Keen Intermediate Clinical Fellowship

Allows outstanding medically or clinically qualified professionals, including nurses, pharmacists and members of the Allied Health Professions, who have gained a PhD or equivalent (eg MD (Res)), to establish themselves as independent researchers with a view to a long term career as a clinical research leader in the field of diabetes.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Maximum duration
5 years

Diabetes UK - PhD studentships

Enables outstanding science graduates to study for a PhD in the field of diabetes research.
Award programme/theme
Studentship / PhD support
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
3 years
Submission deadline

Diabetes UK - Project Grants

Provides support for high quality, diabetes-related research. Applications should normally be for hypothesis-driven projects.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000
Maximum duration
3-5 years
Submission deadline

Diabetes UK - RD Lawrence Fellowship

The RD Lawrence Fellowship is a career development fellowship that enables postdoctoral researchers to establish their independence in diabetes research.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
5 years
Submission deadline

Diabetes UK - Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowship

Enables graduate healthcare professionals to work towards a PhD or MD in diabetes and develop a career in research.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000
Maximum duration
3 years
Submission deadline

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - Social Sciences Research

Provides funding to enable research teams to undertake social sciences research - anything from a standard research project through to a large scale survey or methodological development.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
3-5 years

Epilepsy Research UK - Emerging Leader Fellowship Award

Fellowship awards provide research funding for epilepsy researchers planning to develop a track record in epilepsy research and seeking to transition into research leadership.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000
Maximum duration
1-4 years
Submission deadline

Epilepsy Research UK - Fellowship

To support research fellowship projects into the causes, treatment, prevention and psychosocial aspects of epilepsy.
Award programme/theme
Fellowship
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000
Maximum duration
4 years

Epilepsy Research UK - Innovations in Healthcare

Epilepsy Research UK is issuing an urgent call for health services research that will generate high-quality evidence that informs the future delivery, quality, cost, or access of care for people with epilepsy. Central to this call, is the acceptability of innovations and delivering outcomes that have been identified by people with epilepsy.
Award programme/theme
Project grant
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
18 months
Submission deadline