Funding opportunities

Each year, we invite researchers across the country to tell us about their child health research projects that need funding.

Through a rigorous process involving experts from around the world, we review these applications and fund only the highest quality research most likely to have life-changing benefits for children.

GOSH Charity and Sparks National Funding 2019/2020

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Sparks have a shared passion and commitment to support paediatric research nationally. Through our partnership, established in 2017, we are making £2 million available to support project grant applications from researchers across the UK.

This year we are also proud to partner with Action for A-T, Dravet Syndrome UK, Krabbe UK, Myotubular Trust, and Norrie Disease Foundation. Further information on these partnerships can be found below.

Remit of the funding call

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s 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 for the child and have the potential to lead to the development of new diagnostic tools and novel interventions. Proposals will be asked to articulate a clear route to clinical application and strong partnership between clinical and laboratory- based research.


This is a national funding call and is open to researchers across the UK. For this funding call, 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.

We particularly encourage applications from early career researchers and those who are still consolidating their independent research careers.

Funding available

Applications will be considered from researchers across the UK. Up to £2 million is available to spend and it is anticipated that we will fund a range of proposals from different investigators and institutions across the UK. Therefore, applicants are asked to carefully consider their request for funding and whether it represents good value for money. The charities would not expect applications to exceed £250,000. Funding will be provided for the direct costs of research (such as research staff and consumables) but will not cover consultant Programmed Activities, team-leader salary time or PhD studentships. Typically, projects will be up to 3 years duration.

Funding process

Applications will be received and managed by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and considered by its Research Assessment Panel. Final funding decisions will be announced in February 2020.

• Full details about the application process, including members of the panel, are available on Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s website.

• If you have any queries, please contact the Grants team at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity on

Research partners

We are also delighted to offer the possibility of joint awards in partnership with our research partners
Action for A-T, Dravet Syndrome UK, Krabbe UK, Myotubular Trust, and Norrie Disease Foundation in the specific areas outlined below.

With our partners we are specifically interested in receiving applications that:
• Have the potential to lead to treatments and cures for Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T). Research should demonstrate to be of actual or future potential benefit to A-T patients
• Improve understanding, quality of life for those affected by Dravet syndrome including those that investigate and improve treatments in comorbidities associated with Dravet syndrome
• Aim to address the cause, diagnosis, understanding and treatment of Krabbe disease
• Aim to significantly advance the search to find a cure and/or a treatment for any of the genetic forms of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy.
• Aim to improve the treatment or quality of life of patients with Norrie disease, and particularly welcome research into Norrie disease progressive hearing loss. Projects must be able to demonstrate potential benefit to people with Norrie disease.

For more frequently asked questions about this funding call please visit the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity website.

The deadline for submission of outline applications is 4pm on Thursday 25 July 2019