NIHR GOSH BRC New Projects Funding Call 2020/21

Research in lab

CLOSED: This call aims to fund a number of new translational research ideas at GOSH/ICH across a wide range of areas mapping to the broad BRC objectives. The call is primarily focused at early career researchers and the aim is for the new research ideas to help shape the BRC’s future strategic direction. There is a total of £300,000 available with around £30,000 available per one-year award.

Internal GOSH and ICH applicants only. The lead applicant must hold a substantive contract with one of the organisations (staff or student contract).


The NIHR GOSH BRC funds early translational research, which aims to translate discoveries from basic/discovery science into clinical research and through to patient benefit and economic benefit. Our research aims to accelerate discoveries into the basis of childhood rare diseases and to develop new diagnostics, imaging techniques and treatments, including cellular and gene therapies.

The BRC is currently in its penultimate year of funding for its third term and we are beginning to consider the strategic direction for a future application seeking to renew funding for the BRC for a fourth term. As part of this, we are re-launching the GOSH BRC’s New Projects Funding Call. This will provide early career researchers with the opportunity to apply for up to £30,000 to support non-pay costs of a new research project, and offers them the chance to share their ideas for novel research avenues that could form part of GOSH BRC’s future strategic direction.

Funding Call

The New Projects Funding Call aims to support around ten new one-year pump prime projects, which seek to drive proof of concept ideas that could potentially grow into larger research projects. We would expect successful applicants to generate preliminary data to support future grant and patent applications or delivery of new interventions for patients. The call is primarily aimed at early career researchers to ensure it supports career progression as well as driving translational research. Applications are welcome from all staff within GOSH/ICH, including clinicians, non-clinical, nursing and AHP staff and any others not mentioned here.

We are looking for a broad range of new research ideas through this call, including in the areas of medical devices and innovative technologies, pathways to novel therapeutics, biomarker development, new diagnostics, and surgical improvements or improvements to medical methodologies. Furthermore, we welcome applications presenting novel ideas for COVID-19 translational research. In exceptional circumstances, extensions to existing projects may be considered, where the project is moving into a new phase and clear success against previous milestones can be demonstrated.

Projects submitted do not need to be within a disease area the BRC currently supports, but should be able to demonstrate how they align to the broad aims and remit of the BRC outlined above.  You do not need to have had prior links with the BRC to be eligible to apply and the BRC is keen to receive new ideas from a broad spectrum of research areas across GOSH and ICH.  NIHR funding is not allowed to support any research using animals; therefore, the research project must not involve animal work.

How much money is available?

The call has a total of £300,000 available with a maximum of £30,000 per award. We expect to fund around 10 new projects through this call and anticipate that up to four of those selected will have a COVID-19 focus.

The call is for non-pay (consumables) only, therefore no salaries will be covered. There is a maximum limit of £5,000 on equipment purchases (including VAT) and all funds will need to be spent at GOSH or ICH between 1st April 2021 and 28th February 2022 (the project end date can be up until 31st March 2022, but the funding must be spent by 28th February 2022). If your research idea requires more than £30,000 and you consider there to be a strong rationale for this, please detail the costs on the application form and provide significant justification for why additional funds would be needed. 

Application Process

For details about the call and instructions on how to apply can be found in the Guidance Notes and Application Form (147.2 KB). The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15th December 2020 (at midnight). Applicants must register their project with R&D prior to submission (up to 15 days before the application deadline). 

A Review Panel, the membership of which will include representatives from the BRC’s Leadership Team, each BRC Theme, and the BRC Junior Faculty, in addition to external and internal members of academic staff, will assess applications using criteria outlined in the guidance document. A lay member of the Review Panel will review the lay summary in applications to ensure patient/public views are taken into account in the selection process. Applications will be anonymised before being sent to the Review Panel.

Please contact if you have any questions about the scheme.