GOSH BRC Junior Faculty Conference and Training Support Fund

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CLOSED: The GOSH BRC is committed to strengthening and developing support for junior researchers. All staff and students employed by GOSH or ICH who are undertaking translational research projects are eligible to apply to the GOSH BRC Conference and Training Support Fund but the fund is primarily aimed at junior researchers. It aims to help researchers who do not have access to alternate funding streams (e.g. research grants, theme budgets) to attend and participate in virtual conferences, meetings and training opportunities.

Internal GOSH and ICH applicants only.


On 1st April 2017, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre (GOSH BRC) entered its third term of funding. The NIHR GOSH BRC was one of twenty BRCs funded by the NIHR through a competitively awarded grant of over £37m over five years. An important new aspect of this term of the NIHR GOSH BRC is the establishment of the BRC Junior Faculty. The main aim of the Junior Faculty is to support the career development of talented child health researchers to build the required capacity of paediatric academics.


The GOSH BRC Junior Faculty Conference and Training Support Fund is designed to support expenses for researchers based at ICH or GOSH to attend and participate in virtual conferences, meetings and training opportunities. The fund is primarily aimed at those who would like to present their research at virtual conferences and who would like support for an opportunity that will facilitate personal and career development. You do not need to have had any prior links with the BRC to be eligible to apply.


  1. For conference and meeting attendance, applicants should proceed to apply for the conference and training support fund when they have prepared an abstract for submission to the conference and include this abstract in their application. If the submission deadline for an abstract is after the application deadline, please get in touch to discuss.

  2. For training opportunities, applicants should proceed to apply where the training opportunity is of a similar scope to attending a conference and where the training opportunity will provide the recipient with a new skill/knowledge that can be shared amongst their wider team.

  3. There is no cap on the amount you can apply for but it is unlikely that awards will be made for more than £1,000 without significant rationale.

  4. NIHR funding is formally not allowed to support any research using animals; therefore the research you present must contain a substantial component of human translational research activity.

  5. Applications cannot be made for retrospective reimbursement of expenses for conferences or training events already attended.

  6. Please note that funding is not guaranteed. This is a competitive process and each application is considered on its merits; there may be occasions when it is not possible to make an award due to limited budget available.

  7. Priority will be given to applicants who have not benefited from the BRC travel fund before or other BRC funding support for travel awards (e.g. theme based support) in previous years. Priority will also be given to applicants who are actively participating in a virtual conference (e.g. presenting live) and for junior researchers working on translational research projects.

  8. Successful applicants are required to acknowledge the NIHR GOSH BRC in their work and write a short report after attending the virtual event to use in BRC communication material/website.

Application Process

Further details about the call and instructions on how to apply can be found in the Guidance Notes and Application Form (196.36 KB). To apply please complete the application form, and submit one electronic copy to BRC@gosh.nhs.uk together with a copy of your CV (2 pages max) and your conference abstract (if applicable). The deadline for applications is Wednesday 25th November 2020. All applications will be assessed by the BRC Junior Faculty.

For any queries please contact BRC@gosh.nhs.uk

Previous Awards - Case Studies

You can see reports of previous successful awardees here.

Other alternative sources of funding include:

The NIHR Infrastructure Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC): This funding allows early stage researchers supported by an NIHR Infrastructure Award (e.g. staff with BRC salary support) to spend time in other parts of the NIHR.

UCL TRO Industry Connectivity Awards: UCL Translational Research Office (TRO) would like to invite members of the UCL community to apply for funding under the UCL-MRC Industrial Connectivity Awards. This is an opportunity for UCL researchers to promote their engagement with industry, through knowledge transfer activities, by secondment.

HIF Knowledge exchange and Innovation Fund: UCL Innovation & Enterprise invite members of the UCL community to apply for funding from the HEIF Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Fund. This scheme welcomes proposals that will help strengthen engagement with businesses, public and third sector services, the community and the wider public