Paediatric Research Project Grants 2019 Cycle 2

Call Summary

Opening Date: Wednesday 5th September 2018
Closing Date: 12 noon Wednesday 31st October 2018

Level of funding: Up to €300,000
Duration of Funding: Up to 3 years

Focus of the call: Adolescent Health; Cardiology and/or Vascular Biology; Emergency Medicine; Immunity & Infection; Neurology; Orthopaedics


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 (PRPG) 2019 Cycle 2 call.

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.

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 PRPG will provide up to €300,000 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 on the grounds of 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

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

  • Adolescent Health
  • Cardiology and/or Vascular Biology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Immunity & Infection, including, but not limited to
    • Allergy & Eczema
    • Chronic inflammatory diseases
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Gastroenterology
    • Infectious diseases
    • Obesity and Diabetes
    • Rheumatology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics

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

Psychology and social science-based applications will be considered provided they are related to one of the above priority areas and have the potential to impact on child health. If you are unsure as to whether your proposed project is eligible, please contact us on

Eligibility Criteria

Applications must show strength in both clinical and scientific research, as reflected in recent grant awards and/or peer reviewed publications. This is best achieved by an applicant team consisting of at least one scientist affiliated with an Irish Research Institution/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 PRPG2019 Cycle 2 Applicant Guidelines below.

Application Process

All applications must be made through the NCRC Grant Tracker online system. In order to access the online application, applicants must register at the following address:

Once registered, applicants will receive a confirmation email containing their login details.

While the PRPG2019 Cycle 2 Applicant Guidelines include a brief overview of the application process, applicants should refer to the System Help document, available through the NCRC Grant Tracker online system, for detailed instructions on how to use the system. A short training presentation can be found here. Please note that this PowerPoint presentation has accompanying audio which will auto play when opened.

Incomplete, incorrectly completed, or late applications will not be considered.

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 5th September 2018
Call Closing12 noon Wednesday 31st October 2018
Estimated Date of OutcomeQ2 2019
Project Start DateThe project must start within 3 months of the award being granted


If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr Alice Coughlan
Research Grants Manager

Call Documents

PRPG2019 Cycle 2 Applicant Guidelines (.pdf) 

PRPG2019 Cycle 2 FAQ (.pdf)

PRPG2019 Cycle 2 Sample Application Form (.pdf)

PRPG2019 Cycle 2 Template Institutional Letter of Support (.docx)

PRPG2019 Cycle 2 Applicant Template CV (.docx)