Paediatric Research Project Grants 2018

Call Summary

Opening Date: 19th July 2017
Closing Date: 11th October 2017

Level of funding: Up to €285,000
Duration of Funding: Up to 3 years

Focus of the call: Cardiology and/or Vascular Biology; Immunity & Infection; Childhood cancer; Orthopaedics

Who can apply: A research team made up of at least one scientist & one paediatric clinician, nurse or allied health professional


The National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC) is the largest children’s research centre in Ireland. Located on the grounds of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, it has been at the heart of paediatric research in Ireland for more than 50 years. Supported by donations to the Children’s Medical Research Foundation (CMRF), the mission of the NCRC is to support excellent, translational, and internationally competitive research that has a real impact on the health of children.

Applications are now invited for the NCRC Paediatric Research Project Grants 2018.

A key aim of this call is to consolidate and grow high quality research in key areas of child health, and to support meaningful partnerships between researchers across the translational spectrum – from the bench to the bedside. Applications to this call must have, at their core, a research team comprising at least one scientist and one hospital based paediatric clinician, nurse or allied health professional.

The objectives of this call are to:

  • support excellent translational research that has the potential for impact on child health;
  • engage paediatric clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals in the design and conduct of translational research projects;
  •  encourage scientists to work with clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals in order to ensure that their research is child-focussed and translational;
  •  build research capacity within the key areas of child health identified below.

The Paediatric Research Project Grant will provide up to €285,000 in funding for projects in translational paediatric health. Successfully funded projects will run for a maximum duration of 3 years.

Please note that:

  • the preferred option is for the proposed research to take place, either wholly or substantively, in the NCRC labs located beside Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, however, projects based elsewhere will be considered;
  • the funded research team will be required to participate in the development of the NCRC through engagement in the academic activities of the NCRC, and communication of its research activity.

Focus of the Call

Priority areas

  • Cardiology and/or Vascular Biology
  • Childhood Cancer
  • Immunity & 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

  • Orthopaedics

Applications may span more than one of these areas, with cross collaboration strongly encouraged.

Who can apply?

Applications must be from a team consisting of at least one scientist affiliated with an Irish Higher Education Institution, and one paediatric clinician, nurse or allied health professional affiliated with an Irish Public Hospital. While the NCRC acknowledges that there are many clinicians, nurses and allied health professional that are also experienced researchers, the aim of this scheme is to encourage and support collaborations between scientists and research active clinicians.

For full eligibility criteria please see the Paediatric Research Project Grant 2018 Applicant Guidelines below.

Application Process

The application form must be submitted in electronic format as a single Word document no later than Wednesday 11th October 2017. Applications should be submitted to Incomplete, incorrectly completed, or late applications will not be considered. A hard copy of the signed application form should also be submitted to the following address:

Dr Alice Coughlan,
Research Manager,
National Children’s Research Centre,
Gate 5, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital,
Dublin 12.

These should be received by the NCRC prior to Wednesday 18th October 2017

Statistical Support

Applicants may apply to the NCRC for limited statistical/design support prior to submission; please contact the NCRC ( if this is required. Please note that statistical support must be sought at least 1 month prior to submission of the application, as it may not be possible to accommodate requests for support closer to the deadline.

Key Dates

Call OpeningWednesday 19th July 2017
Call ClosingWednesday 11th October 2017
Estimated Date of OutcomeQ2 2018
Project Start DateThe project must start within 3 months of the award being granted


Dr Alice Coughlan
Research Manager
National Children’s Research Centre



Paediatric Research Project Grants 2018 Applicant Guidelines (.pdf)

Paediatric Research Project Grant 2018 FAQ (.pdf)

Paediatric Research Project Grants 2018 Application Form (.docx)