Clinical Research Fellowship 2018

The aim of the Clinical Research Fellowship is to support suitably qualified PhD, MD and MSc candidates to pursue research, full- or part-time, in the field of paediatric medicine. By supporting excellent new investigators, the NCRC aims to develop, consolidate and sustain high quality clinical research in key areas of child health.

The Clinical Research Fellowship is aimed at medical doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working in paediatrics. It is designed to offer a range of options to encourage research across a spectrum of clinical activities. These awards aim to inculcate and foster research as part of clinical practice, and to ensure that research is directly relevant to the sick child.

The future development of high quality paediatric research, both at the NCRC and nationally, is at the heart of this call. In this funding round, the successful applications will

  • be in an area of importance to child health;
  • demonstrate how meaningful impact will result from the proposed project;
  • have the potential to strengthen and grow the identified areas by current or future collaboration, engage with other funding agencies, and build partnerships.

A central part of this call is to provide investigators that are relatively new to research with an opportunity gain a thorough education in research methodologies. Therefore, support from an Academic and Clinical Supervisor will be essential. Note that if suitably qualified, a single supervisor may act in both an academic and clinical supervisory capacity.

Focus of the Call

The focus of this call is on the following areas within the NCRC current strategy:

Priority areas

  • Cardiology
  • Childhood cancer
  • Immunity and Infection, including, but not limited to
    • Allergy & Eczema
    • Chronic inflammatory diseases
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Gastroenterology
    • Infectious diseases
    • Obesity and Diabetes
    • Rheumatology

‘Pipeline’ research areas being supported for growth

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Orthopaedics

An additional area for support is for this round of funding is

  • Impact on the practice of paediatric health care

Applications may be drawn from outside of these areas, but must provide evidence that the thematic research area proposed will be sustainable beyond this application, and has potential to develop into a research theme going into the future.

Funding Streams

Four funding streams are available within this Fellowship.

Funding StreamTime CommitmentIncludes Cost of Consumables

Applicants may apply to do either a PhD, MD or MSc by Research under any of the streams. Applicants may apply to only one stream.

Who can apply?

This funding call is open to medical doctors, nurses or allied health professionals wishing to engage in translational paediatric research.
To be eligible applicants must:

  • be registered in Ireland as a medical doctor, nurse or allied health professional;
  • have a strong background in paediatrics, or be undertaking Higher Specialist Training in Paediatrics;
  • have the support of their hospital consultant or manager, as appropriate, to undertake the proposed project;
  • have proof that they will receive suitable academic and clinical supervision for the duration of the proposed project.

Key Dates

The 2018 Clinical Research Fellowship Scheme will have two deadlines. The first deadline is for applicants that wish to commence their research in January 2018, while the second is for applicants that wish commence their research in July 2018. Please note that applicants cannot apply for both Cycles of the Clinical Research Fellowship 2018. The key dates will be as follows:

Call opens12th May 2017
Cycle 1 Call closes17.00 (Irish time) 5th July 2017
Cycle 1 InterviewsOctober 2017
Cycle 1 Notification of outcomeOctober 2017
Cycle 1 Fellowship Start DateJanuary 2018
Cycle 2 Call closes17.00 (Irish time) 5th July 2017
Cycle 2 InterviewsMarch 2018
Cycle 2 Notification of outcomeMarch 2018
Cycle 2 Fellowship Start DateJuly 2018


Dr Alice Coughlan
Research Manager National Children’s Research Centre



Clinical Research Fellowship 2018 Applicant Guidelines (.pdf)

Clinical Research Fellowship 2018 Applicant Guidelines (.pdf)