31 May 2018

GOSH Charity and Sparks 2018/19 National Funding Call in Child Health Research

Researcher at work

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) and Sparks are inviting project grant applications for child health research from researchers across the UK. The emphasis of this call is on complex childhood illness, including rare diseases.

Each day, researchers are making an extraordinary impact in achieving cures and treatments for complex childhood illnesses. Sparks and GOSH Charity have a shared passion and commitment to support paediatric research nationally. Through our partnership that was established in 2017 we are able to make £2 million available annually to support project grant applications from researchers across the UK.

This year are we proud to partner with Action for A-T, Krabbe UK, Dravet Syndrome UK, Myotubular Trust and Diamond Blackfan Anaemia UK.

Funding Available

Last year, we funded £2.1 million of research through our first national funding call with GOSH across 14 projects at 10 institutions around the UK.

Map of Sparks funded child health research projects

Applications will be considered from researchers across the UK. Up to £2 million is available to spend under this call and it is anticipated that we will fund a range of proposals from different investigators and institutions.

The call will support translational research across the spectrum of medical conditions affecting the fetus, neonates and children directly, as well as pregnancy disorders that affect the child.

Projects must aim to improve understanding and/or outcomes of the child and have the potential to lead to the development of new diagnostic tools and novel interventions. Proposals will be asked to demonstrate a clear route to clinical application and strong partnership between clinical and laboratory based research.

Find out more about the funding call.

Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact the Grants team on grants@gosh.org.