Research and innovation

Joint Sparks and Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity National Project Grant Funding

As part of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Sparks Partnership we are committed to making funds available to support research projects across the UK.
Our 2017 National Funding Call is now open. Please visit our Apply for Funding Page for more information and to apply.

Research Application Process

The selection process for research funding will comprise a preliminary and full application stage. Proposals at both the outline and full application stage will be assessed by the charity’s Research Assessment Panel, with additional independent experts co-opted if required. Please see the membership of this panel below.

Invited full applications will be subject to external independent peer review and applicants will be given an opportunity to respond to the reviewers' comments.

All full applications recommended for funding will need to be endorsed by the charity's Trustees.

Quality, accountability, transparency and openness

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is a member of the AMRC. As such, we ensure the research we fund meets the highest possible standards of quality, accountability, transparency and openness.

To achieve this, we have:

  • implemented an independent peer review processes  
  • established an externally-led Research Assessment Panel
  • developed a research strategy to maximise our support of projects that will make a real difference to the lives of children at GOSH.

Research Assessment Panel

Funding recommendations around the research projects that the charity fund are made by the Research Assessment Panel. The role of the Panel is to:

  • assess all new research funding applications
  • recommend to the Grants Committee those projects of a high scientific merit, with a clear potential for delivering patient benefit, and which fit within the charity’s research strategy
  • evaluate progress against defined goals for existing projects receiving funding from the charity
  • report on the success of research projects to enable the Trustees to understand better the impact of the charity’s funding in generating improvements in child healthcare
  • review the charity’s research strategy and make recommendations to the Trustees.

Research Assessment Panel members

  • Professor Stephen Holgate, University of Southampton (Chair)
  • Professor Maria Quigley, University of Oxford
  • Professor Michael Beresford, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Rosalind Smyth CBE, 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
  • Professor Brian Bigger, University of Manchester
  • Professor Raj Chopra, Institute of Cancer Research
  • Professor Jonathan Grigg, Queen Mary University London
  • Yvonne Parry (lay member)
  • Baroness Margaret Jay (lay member)
  • Professor John Anderson, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Position statement on the use of animals in research

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is a member of the AMRC.

We support the principle of using animals in research when it is necessary to advance understanding of health and disease and to develop new treatments for children. This research only takes place where there is no alternative available.

All AMRC member charities support this principle, as outlined in this AMRC statement.