NIHR GOSH BRC Doctoral Training Support Fund 2022


CLOSED: The Doctoral Training Support Fund invites proposals for consumables funding for translational clinical research/experimental medicine projects being undertaken by doctoral students within GOSH and ICH.

Internal GOSH and ICH applicants only.

You can find the successful applicants here.

On 1st April 2021, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre (GOSH BRC) entered its fifth year of funding. The GOSH BRC was one of twenty BRCs funded by the NIHR through a competitively awarded grant of over £37m over five years. GOSH BRC is a partnership between GOSH and UCL GOS Institute of Child Health. Together with other NIHR BRCs, 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.

The NIHR recognises the benefit of supporting academic trainees in developing the next generation of clinical and non-clinical scientists to improve both the health and wealth of the UK. Therefore GOSH BRC will continue its support for doctoral trainees within GOSH and ICH by providing competitive consumables grants to augment the existing non-pay funding available within their studentship awards. These competitive awards also provide an excellent opportunity for students to get experience with small grant writing.

The Doctoral Training Support Fund invites proposals for up to £5,000 for consumables funding for translational clinical research/experimental medicine projects being undertaken by doctoral students within GOSH and ICH. Supported projects must be patient and/or disease relevant research including basic laboratory science, pre-clinical and early-phase clinical research (phase 0-II). Further information on the objectives of the NIHR Great Ormond Street BRC and the remit of each of the four research themes can be found at In addition, applications may be considered under Applied Child Health Informatics which is a new theme being developed as part of our next BRC bid. These awards aim to provide support for additional questions/experiments that were not originally part of the PhD project but have evolved during the PhD as initial data/results have been gathered.

For this round there is funding available for up to three competitive awards in total. The GOSH BRC award cannot be used to fund directly research using animals and cannot be used to fund costs of travel, equipment or extend the studentship, for example, by paying salary or stipend costs.  Funds may be accessed from 1st April 2021 and must be fully spent by 30th November 2022.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption this has had on research projects, the application form includes a question asking applicants to demonstrate how they have future-proofed their project as far as possible for a scenario where lockdown is to continue for a long period of time or is reinstated at a later date. We actively encourage the use of innovative ways of working in the current situation and will give higher weighting during the selection process for each of the calls to projects that can continue to be delivered with significantly reduced contact.

Timelines for each of our calls are subject to change due to COVID-19 and we will review them­ regularly and update the website/applicants with any changes. Furthermore, whilst we wish to fund projects as normal through the Doctoral Training Support Fund, we have some COVID-19 research proposals coming through that may take priority given the severity of the situation, therefore awards will only be made where there is a genuine belief that the proposed activity can be completed by 30th November 2022 (the deadline for spending the funds awarded).

Doctoral Trainee Support Grants Guidance and Application Form (2022) (83.3 KB)

Applicants must complete the  and submit one electronic copy (with e-signatures) to by 5pm on Friday 28th January 2022. If you have any questions about the call, please contact

* Animal-related research: in the past BRC have funded work that has used data or material indirectly derived from animals e.g. animal-derived antibodies. What we will consider an animal-related work though is sometimes subject to discussion and applications will be considered on a case by case basis. You are welcome to contact Andrew (the panel Chair) at if you need to discuss this with us.