Research and Development Challenge Fund

Research at King's Health Partners

King’s Health Partners is committed to research excellence across a wide spectrum of scientific areas, clinical specialties and sub-specialties.

The King’s Health Partners Research and Development Challenge Fund aims to support researchers from across our partners to explore and develop innovative ideas that may lead to new discoveries, therapies or diagnostics with the potential to transform human health. The Fund is designed to help researchers develop an evidence-base sufficient to enable them to apply for more substantial funding from established bodies such as the Medical Research Council or the Wellcome Trust.

The Fund started in 2012 and will run for three years until 2015 with an annual budget of approximately £1.8m. Trustees of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, King’s College Hospital Charity, Maudsley Charity and King’s College London have invested this money to support research across King’s Health Partners; the MRC Confidence in Concept award will also be incorporated for 2014/15. Success rates are currently around 20%.

The Fund is administered by King’s Health Partners and run by the KCL Director of Research Development (Health). Applications for funding are considered at meetings of the Research Assessment Committee which take place three times per annum. The next deadline for applications is 1 June 2015.

For more information and guidelines about how to apply, visit the following pages:

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