Rare Disease cohorts 2019 funding call

CLOSED: This funding call aims to enhance and develop cohort research to accelerate the discovery of mechanisms and new treatments in rare disease cohorts.

Internal GOSH and ICH applicants only.

Previous awards

In February 2018 we announced our first funding call and are pleased to announce the successful applicants. After careful consideration and external peer review, the panel selected to fund two projects:

Principal Investigator Project Title Award
Dr Simon Eaton Defining mitochondrial dysfunction in dermatomyositis: towards new treatment targets £78,343.12
Professor Shamima Rahman Mito-omics approach to investigate a paediatric cohort of multiple ultra-rare mitochondrial disorders £104,936.69

Call information

The Rare Diseases (RD) Cross-cutting Theme brings together a research vision for rare paediatric disease cohorts, future trial readiness, sharing successful approaches, and linking cohorts/investigators to available and novel approaches, technologies, administrative data resources and platforms. The GOSH BRC Rare Diseases (RD) 2019 funding call can provide up to a total of £180,000 of funding over two years: we are keen to support between 1-2 projects, each running for a maximum of 24 months.

All projects will be considered, but priority will be given to those which both most closely align with the RD Theme’s strategy*, and which could clearly lead to patient benefit within the NHS, or which are most likely to lead to either external funding being leveraged. Co applicants from different disciplines are encouraged and collaborative applications from two different fields where a more senior applicant can provide mentorship to the more junior applicant will be given preference. Please note that to open the grant funding, successful applicants will need to show ethical approval for their project OR as a minimum, that submission to ethics has been done. The funding for this call will not be available until 01 April 2020 and your awarded money will be split across the two years, Y1's allocation must be spent by March 20th 2021 and cannot be rolled over. Y2's allocation will become available from 01 April 2021 and must be spent by March 20 2022. 

Please note the RDC theme strategy can be found at this link. In the interest of continued PPIE engagement, applicants should take extra care with their lay summaries (no technical terms, in plain English please). Applications that do not adhere to this may not be considered. 

Application process 

To apply please review and complete the application form (as well as register with R&D) obtaining the required signatures, and submit your CV and application form to BRC@gosh.nhs.uk by 27 September 2019.

R&D Registration_Form (Jul 19) (147.45 KB)

NIHR GOSH BRC RDC Theme Funding Call 2019 Application Form (194.41 KB)

Important dates

  • 19 July - application process opens
  • 6 September - deadline for registering application with R&D
  • 27 September - application deadline
  • Mid-November - panel review applications 
  • Late November - applicants informed of decision
  • 1 April - funding becomes available for successful applicants

Eligibility

If you intend to apply to this call, please read the RD Theme’s strategy on the GOSH-BRC website to ensure your application clearly aligns with the core theme. No animal research is supported. For any queries please contact Dauda Bappa.