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Following the announcement of our partnership at the beginning of 2017, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity (GOSH Charity) and Sparks are inviting researchers from across the UK to apply for funding for child health research projects.

The charities have made up to £2 million available – making it the largest charitable call dedicated to child health research in the UK.

In 2017, Sparks joined GOSH Charity. Both organisations have a shared passion and commitment to support paediatric research nationally. Through this partnership we aim to drive more funds and awareness into paediatric health research across the UK.

We are combining our national funding rounds into a single joint national funding call in child health research.

We are delighted to launch this funding call with up to £2 million available to support project grant applications from researchers across the UK. We anticipate this joint funding call to be available on an annual basis in future years.

Remit of the funding call

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.

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.

All 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. We encourage proposals with a clear route to clinical application and that demonstrate a strong partnership between clinical and laboratory based research.


  • This is a national funding call and is open to researchers across the UK.
  • You do not need to have a co-applicant or collaborator from Great Ormond Street Hospital or the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Funding Available

Under this funding call, 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. Funding will be provided for the direct costs of research (such as research staff and consumables) but will not cover consultant PAs or team-leader salary time. Typically, projects will last up to three years.

Funding Process

Applications will be received and managed by GOSH Charity and considered by its Research Assessment Panel. Final funding decisions will be announced in February 2018.


The deadline for submission of outline applications is 3pm, Wednesday 26 July.

About the partnership between GOSH Charity and Sparks