Joint National Funding Call supporting information

1. Why are you launching a joint funding call between Sparks and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity?

On 1 February 2017, Sparks joined Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity under a subsidiary model. Both organisations have a shared passion and commitment to support paediatric research. Through this partnership we aim to drive more funds and awareness into paediatric health research across the UK. As part of integrating our activity we are combining our national funding rounds into a single joint national funding call in child health research.

2. What is the remit of the call?

We are inviting applications for child health research from researchers across the UK. The emphasis of this call is on complex childhood illness, including rare diseases. The call will support translational research across the spectrum of medical conditions affecting the fetus, neonates and children directly, as well as pregnancy disorders that affect the child.

3. Is this funding call open to researchers across the UK or just researchers at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the University College London (UCL) Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health?

This is a national funding call and is open to researchers across the UK and we encourage researchers from across the UK to apply for funding.

4. Do I need to have a co-applicant from Great Ormond Street Hospital and/or UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health to apply?

For this funding call you do not need to have a co-applicant or collaborator from Great Ormond Street Hospital and/or UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health to be eligible to apply.

5. Will you be making this joint funding opportunity available again?

It is anticipated that this joint national funding call will be made available on an annual basis.

6. How will funding decisions be made?

Applications will be managed by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is a member of the AMRC and as such, we ensure the research we fund meets the highest possible standards of quality, accountability, transparency and openness. The application will involve a two-stage process, an initial outline application and if successful invitation to a full application that will include external peer review. Applications will be considered by the charity’s Research Assessment Panel (RAP). The panel is made up of the following members: Professor Stephen Holgate (Chair of the Panel, University of Southampton), Professor Maria Quigley (University of Oxford), Professor Michael Beresford (University of Liverpool), Professor Rosalind Smyth (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health), Professor Jill Clayton-Smith (University of Manchester), Professor Anne Marie Rafferty (King's College London), Professor David Goldblatt (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health), Professor David Edwards (King's College London) and Professor John Anderson (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health). The panel also includes two lay members: Yvonne Parry and Baroness Margaret Jay.

7. What is the timeline for the application process?

The deadline for an outline application is 3pm Wednesday 26 July. Applicants will be notified in October if they have been successful with their outline application. If you are invited to submit a full application you will be informed of final funding decision in February 2018. We appreciate this is a long time to make a funding decision but we want to ensure as many researchers are aware of the funding opportunity. In future years we will aim to run a shorter funding process.

8. Do you have a maximum upper limit for which I can apply for?

Under this funding call up to £2m is available to spend on projects across the UK. No maximum upper limit has been set for funding requests. You are encouraged to apply for the amount that will allow you to carry out your research but keep in mind we will want to support a number of projects.

9. Do you have information about success rates for funding applications?

This is the first time both organisations have joined their national funding calls together and so there is no information on success rates for this joint funding call. Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity have been running a national call since 2011 and during this period the success rates for applications is 17 per cent from outline to funded. The success rate for Sparks applications during the same time period is 11 per cent.

10. Can I talk to you about my research before I apply?

Yes, if you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact the Grants team at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity on grants@gosh.org

11. How do I apply?

To start your outline application please click here and follow the instructions on the Grants Management System website. The deadline for full applications is 3pm, Wednesday 26 July.