Global Programme Development Grant


The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has the strategic aim of ‘working with partners in the UK and overseas to improve the health and wellbeing of children throughout the world’. We have experience in a number of countries and settings.

The Grant

The RCPCH supports paediatricians working in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Middle East and helps deliver training courses to health workers working with children across a range of global healthcare settings.

Our global programme development grant offers funding of up to £5,000 to RCPCH members, who may be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to deliver small scale health interventions that help meet this strategic aim.


We invite applications from RCPCH members who have established or plan to establish a small scale global health intervention for a paediatric population in a low resource setting.

The intervention can focus on training health workers or aiding capacity building of a paediatric health care service, for example through practice development.

We will also consider applications to undertake research which must clearly demonstrate the anticipated improvements to child health.

We plan to support pilot projects that may be scaled up to a longer-term and/or more extensive programme. We will more favourably assess applications that display how this can be achieved.

Who may make an application?

An RCPCH Member or Fellow must be the lead applicant. You may be based in any country. You are welcome to collaborate with others, including non-RCPCH members, on the application.

Which areas of the world can the project be in?

We expect most applications to focus on countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South/Southeast Asia. We will, though, consider applications for other regions, including resource-poor areas of Latin America. We will also consider applications that focus on populations in specific need, for example, refugees to the UK or other countries.

What is the timeframe?

The grant period will be one calendar year – from September 2017 to August 2018.

The closing date for applications is 1 July 2017.

How much funding is available?

The grants will be up to £5,000 per project over a calendar year*.

This can be combined with funds sourced from other donors or can be used as stand-alone funding.

What will the College require from successful applications?

Grant holders will need to submit four short update reports during the grant period – one at the end of each quarter – which outline the project’s progress and impact.

At the end of the grant period, you will be requested to submit a report that outlines how your pilot intervention could be programmatically scaled up.

What support will the College offer?

The RCPCH Global Team can offer some general oversight support, at the start and throughout the project’s duration.

How will the applications be assessed?

An independent award panel, comprising clinicians with global child health expertise and RCPCH Global Team staff, will review each application.

There are two stages:

  • Shortlisting – The panel will review all completed applications, and we will inform all applicants of our shortlisting decision by mid July 2017.
  • Presentations – We will invite all shortlisted applicants to make a short presentation, including questions from the panel, at the RCPCH London office in late July 2017. The lead applicant (an RCPCH Member or Fellow) must be available for the presentation, and may be joined by any others involved in the application. We will try to find a date and time that is suitable for you and the panel. If you are unable to travel to London, we can arrange for a videoconference.

Will the panel accept late applications?

We will not consider late submissions.

What information do I need to include in the application?

Download the application here

If you require any assistance, please contact Marcus Wootton, RCPCH Global Project Manager, on

*This is anticipated to be an annual grant award subject to funding availability.