Paediatric Research Project Grants 2019

Call Summary

Opening Date:24th April 2018
Closing Date:5pm (Irish time) Wednesday 20th June 2018
Level of funding:Up to €300,000
Duration of Funding:Up to 3 years
Focus of the call:Cardiology and/or Vascular Biology; Emergency Medicine; Immunity & Infection; 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 2019.

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 €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:

  • 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
  • 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

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 2019 Applicant Guidelines below.

Application Process

The application form (available below) must be submitted in electronic format as a single Word document to no later than 5pm (Irish time) Wednesday 20th June 2018. In addition, applicants must submit a scanned signed copy of the Applicant(s) Declaration and Conflict of Interest Form by this deadline.

Incomplete, incorrectly completed, or late applications may 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 OpeningTuesday 24th April 2018
Call Closing5pm (Irish time) Wednesday 20th June 2018
Estimated Date of OutcomeQ4 2018
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
National Children’s Research Centre


Paediatric Research Project Grants 2019 FAQ (.pdf)

Paediatric Research Project Grants 2019 Applicant Guidelines (.pdf)

Paediatric Research Project Grants 2019 Application Form (.docx)