18 April 2017

Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and Sparks offer up to £2 million funding for child health research

Researchers in a lab

Following the announcement of our partnership at the beginning of this year, Sparks and Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity (GOSH Charity) 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.

This is the first joint national call from Sparks and GOSH Charity to researchers, and reflects our ambition to help unlock breakthroughs in children’s medicine that will find new treatments and cures for seriously ill children.

From the laboratory to the bedside

The emphasis of the call is complex childhood illnesses, across a range of medical conditions affecting children during pregnancy or childhood.

We are looking for research that demonstrates a strong partnership between clinical and laboratory-based research, which will enable new treatments to be bought from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside.

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive of GOSH Charity said: “For many seriously ill children, research is their only hope, yet paediatric research is severely underfunded, receiving only five per cent of public and charitable funding research in the UK each year.

“Through putting out this joint call we are making more money available to researchers from across the country to help them to find new ways to diagnose, treat and cure complex diseases that affect children during pregnancy or childhood.”

The National Call will open from Tuesday 18 April.

For researchers: find out more about the application process.