Child Health Futures - Research

Our vision is a healthier future for children and young people in the UK and across the world. To achieve this, we deliver individual research projects, research fellowships and a rare disease development fund. Can you support us?

Research is essential to advance the science of paediatrics and improve the health and wellbeing of infants, children and young people. We undertake and support the delivery of research projects to ensure College outputs and activities are underpinned by evidence. We promote high quality research, support the development of paediatric researchers and contribute directly to the evidence base.

Funding for child health research from the UK's public sector and industry is limited. There's a shortage of people, too: worryingly few paediatric academics and a decline of those who can carry out research and train future researchers. Our research fellowships aim to support a global increase in clinical and non-clinical research training posts and increase academic capacity in paediatric research. They will identify and nurture future children's research leaders at a senior level and create opportunities to strengthen the scientific evidence base - leading to improvements in the diagnosis, treatment and management of child health. You can find about our child health research fellowships.

Though rare diseases are individually infrequent, one in 17 people are affected by a rare disease at some point in their lives. But research into children's rare diseases is severely underfunded. In collaboration with British Paediatric Surveillance Unit (BPSU), we set up our rare disease development fund to support research and education in rare diseases, including to support the delivery of research surveillance projects through BPSU, award bursaries to paediatric trainees studying a rare disease, support education and training programmes and work with patients to develop and disseminate family resources. You can find out more about our rare disease development fund.

We welcome donations from both members and non-members who want to support our work in research and other areas. Every bit helps, and we thank you! If you pay income or capital gains tax in the UK you increase the value of your donation to us by 25% through a Gift Aid declaration. It allows us to claim back tax paid on the donation, which we can then put toward the College’s projects.

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