Research accelerator

Do you have an idea for a research project, but don’t know what to do next? Research Accelerator could be for you. 

What is it?

Great Ormond Street Hospital is committed to becoming a research hospital, with research embedded at all levels within the Trust.

Research Accelerator is an extension of the Grants Advice service based in the Joint R&D Office, and is aimed at:

  • Clinical staff who have an idea for a research project, but are not currently research active.
  • Academic staff at ICH engaged in basic science research seeking clinical partners to develop first in man studies or clinical trials.

How does it work?

If you have an idea for a research project or collaboration and require support, contact the Grants Advice service by email, and send a brief summary and overview of the project you want to do. If it’s a project like a clinical trial, or the development of a patient intervention, then the advice service will discuss it with you, and if necessary help you identify a senior experienced academic who might be able to provide initial advice. If feasible/necessary the Advice Service will then work with you to identify a suitable academic partner to help take your idea further. This may involve study design advice or support in writing a grant application.

If you are a Nurse or an Allied Health Professional, support for the early development of projects can be obtained from ORCHID (Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Children’s Health Illness and Disability) in the hospital. You should email grants advice, and we will put you in touch with a relevant person with whom you can discuss your idea.

Since research projects are different, and all need different resources and input, all research accelerator projects will be dealt with on a tailored case by case basis. You’ll be assigned a member of the Advice team who will have oversight of your project, and who will assist you as and when necessary. 

What support will I get?

The Grants Advice team are experienced in the assessment of grant proposals, and matching individuals and projects to suitable potential sources of funds. In addition, the team are able to match applicants to appropriate academic programmes and potential academic partners in ICH.

Additional support in project development (statistics, methodology development, health economics) can potentially be made available to accelerator participants on a case by case basis according to the project requirements. 

Do I have to be based at GOSH/ICH?

Yes. Research accelerator is an internal initiative only.

However, if you are external to GOSH/ICH and you want to collaborate with someone here, or you have a fellowship or other funding you would like to bring to take advantage of the research environment here, then the grants advice team will be able to help.

What do I do next?

Email: grants.advice@gosh.nhs.uk to make an appointment to come and discuss your project with the grants advice team.