Policies and Position Statements

Terms and Conditions of Funding

Most of GOSH charity funding is awarded with our standard Terms and Conditions of Funding.

For more information on the terms and conditions of funding please contact the Grant Funding team

Intellectual Property Policy

It is part of the Charity’s responsibility as a grant funder to encourage the innovation process and reduce delays in moving developing technologies into the clinic and towards patient benefit. Managing the Intellectual Property (IP) that arises from our funded projects is therefore an integral part of our grant making.

For a funder of our size, it is not currently practical or best-placed to have in-house IP resource or be responsible for owning and exploiting GOSH Charity funded IP. Therefore, IP ownership and the responsibility for exploitation is better placed with the grant host institution specifically the university, hospital or institute where the research is taking place.

However, working in partnership, GOSH Charity is keen to ensure that there should be no unreasonable delay or barriers to onward IP development and exploitation and expect that reasonable steps are taken to expedite the process and increase the likelihood of patient benefit.

The GOSH Charity IP position is in line with the recommendations of the AMRC and further information can be found in the GOSH Charity IP Policy.

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.

Position Statement on the use of stems cells in Research

We support the use of all stem cells in research as long as the research meets legal and ethical requirements. This is because we believe that research using stem cells is advancing our understanding of the biology of childhood diseases and helping to develop new treatments and therapies for many conditions, which could help save the lives of our patients.

For more information please see our Stem Cell Policy.