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Dr Simon Newell Early Career Investigator Award

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, Sparks and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) make an annual award for excellence in research to an outstanding young medical research worker in British paediatrics. Nominations are now open until 29 November 2019.


Since 1999, Sparks has funded an annual award that recognises excellence in the field of paediatric research. In February 2017, Sparks joined Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and became part of the GOSH Charity family and this award is now funded by both charities. The award is offered to recognise an outstanding young medically qualified researcher in British paediatrics and the selection process is coordinated by the RCPCH.

The award is named in memory of Dr Simon Newell - a renowned and widely respected neonatologist and paediatrician who had a passion to encourage the next generation of paediatric clinicians and researchers. He made an enormous contribution to neonatal medicine across the UK and was a great advocate for paediatric health.

Simon was connected to Sparks throughout his career, first as a researcher, then a member of the Medical Advisory Committee and later a Trustee. This award has been named in his memory and as recognition of the tremendous work he did.

The award comprises of:

  • a trophy
  • £1,000 for the winner
  • £1,000 for the winner's department, to purchase equipment and cover other expenses such as consumables connected with their research.

The RCPCH will present the winner at the RCPCH Annual Conference in May 2020. The winner will be notified ahead of the conference and the RCPCH will cover the winner's travel and conference costs.

Nomination process

The deadline for nominations is 29 November 2019 and the process is managed by the RCPCH. To apply, please visit the RCPCH website

For any questions regarding the process please contact

Click here to view previous winners of the award.

GOSH Charity and Sparks National Funding 2019/20

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Sparks have a shared passion and commitment to support paediatric research nationally. Through our partnership, established in 2017, we are making  £2 million available to support project grant applications from researchers across the UK. 

This year we are also proud to partner with Action for A-T, Dravet Syndrome UK, Krabbe UK, Myotubular Trust, and Norrie Disease Foundation. Further information on these partnerships can be found below.

A list of grant holders funded by previous National Funding calls can be found here. Information on success rates can be found in the FAQs.

This funding call is now closed for 2019/20.