This call is aimed at healthcare scientists/technologists and pharmacists currently employed at Great Ormond Street Hospital or the UCL Institute of Child Health. The intention of the call is to provide funding to support translational research training and development opportunities for these staff groups as they are not currently supported by other training opportunities within the BRC. If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply to this call, please contact the BRC: BRC@gosh.nhs.uk.
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. The NIHR GOSH BRC is a partnership between GOSH and the University College London (UCL) GOS Institute of Child Health (ICH). Together with other NIHR BRCs, the NIHR GOSH BRC will help to deliver the Government’s initiative to improve the translation of basic scientific developments into clinical benefits for patients, and to reinforce the position of the UK as a global leader in healthcare related research. For further information about the BRC, please visit our website.
NIHR BRCs primarily fund patient-focused early phase translational clinical research (commonly referred to as experimental medicine), the aim of which is to pull basic scientific discoveries into clinical research, and through to benefits for patients and the NHS. This can include development of new pharmaceuticals, devices, preventative measures and diagnostic tests. BRCs also fund training opportunities to build the skills of the next generation of translational researchers.
GOSH has long been at the forefront of paediatric medical research and the NIHR GOSH BRC aims to build on this by undertaking experimental medicine research across four key research themes; Genomics and Systems Medicine; Gene Stem and Cellular Therapies; Novel Therapies and their Translation into Childhood Diseases; and Advanced Treatments for Structural Malformation and Tissue Damage.
Training opportunities that will be considered
Applicants may apply for funding to support any postgraduate training opportunity that will enable applicants to develop their skills and capabilities in translational research activities. This will support GOSH’s aim to continue its develop as a Research Hospital. Candidates will be considered who are interesting in undertaking any formal postgraduate training, e.g. MSc, MRes, PhD, postgraduate short course. The course may be undertaken at any recognised higher education provider. Candidates will also be considered who wish to undertake an internship to provide protected time out of their existing role to develop an application for external funding for an MRes/PhD fellowship. In the case of internships, it is likely that internships would last no longer than 1 day per week for six months.
Where the proposed training includes research activity, the research should broadly align with one of the BRC themes. For those where the alignment might be less obvious we would welcome conversations prior to submission of the application.
This scheme is available internally to GOSH and ICH staff. Applicants must complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form in the first instance. EOI forms will be reviewed and selected candidates will be invited to submit a more detailed description of their proposal.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact the GOSH BRC: BRC@gosh.nhs.uk
Examples of use of funding
Examples may include, but are not limited to:
- Contribution towards salary while undertaking full or part time training. (This would free up your department budget to provide cover if you take time out of your current role).
- Fees for training courses.
- Consumables to be used in research projects undertaken as part of a training course.
- Travel/accommodation/subsistence costs relating to attendance at a training course.
Applications may request a mixture of all of the above costs and training opportunities should be up to a maximum of three years duration.The GOSH BRC cannot fund research or training opportunities that use animals in research. BRC funds are also unable to be used to purchase equipment over £5,000.
Duration and funding details
This funding will be provided jointly by the GOSH BRC and GOSH R&I department. Up to £50,000 per year total funding is available, for up to three years. Whilst individual applicants may apply for up to £50,000 per year, it is less likely that the entire £50,000 each year will be used to support a single individual.
Funding will be awarded in specific financial years and it will not be possible to carry over unspent funds across years.
Call opens: Friday 17th October 2019
Deadline for submissions: Friday 15th November 2019 (midnight)
Please submit your EOI form to: BRC@gosh.nhs.uk