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Research funding opportunities

Finding research funding

People look for research funding opportunities for a variety of reasons and this page provides a list of opportunities from charities and UK Government agencies that are open to nurse or midwife researcher applications. You'll see awards to apply for a research project; attend a conference; and help with the cost of post-registration study, such as studentships and fellowships. The RCN Foundation have various scholarships, bursaries and grants, and should be your first port of call. It's fair to say that there will always be more people searching for research funding than there is research funding to give, so knowing where to look is an important first step.

Please note, closing dates are subject to change.


October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

January 2017

February 2017

  • 1 February pump priming research grants British Lung Foundation
  • 1 February sarcoidosis research grant British Lung Foundation
  • 3 February clinical studies Arthritis Research UK
  • 3 February project grants Stroke Association
  • 7 February 16/109 reduced fluid resuscitation regimen for burn injuries Health Technology Assessment programme
  • 8 February innovative or project grants MS Society
  • 12 February Grand Challenge Awards Cancer Research UK
  • 15 February small research grants for Strathclyde Tenovus Scotland, next closing date is 15 September
  • 19 February Population Research Catalyst Award Cancer Research UK
  • 28 February Barbers' Company Clinical Nursing Scholarship RCN Research Institute (opens 1 November)

May 2017

  • 1 May small research grants for Edinburgh and Tayside Tenovus Scotland, next closing date is 1 October
  • May postdoctoral research fellowships (provisional) Children with Cancer UK opens February 2017
  • May clinical PhD/MRes studentships (provisional) Children with Cancer UK opens February 2017
  • May Health Services and Delivery Research Programme
  • May research scholarships Florence Nightingale Foundation
  • May Health Technology Assessment Programme
  • May project grants Parkinson's UK
  • May Education and Research Fellowship Fund AfPP (The Association for Perioperative Practice)
  • May Ethicon Nurse and Practitioner Educational Trust Fund AfPP (The Association for Perioperative Practice)
  • May research travel grant European Oncology Nursing Society
  • May Research and Development Grants Resusitation Council UK
  • May smaller research projects fund The Urology Foundation (TUF)

June 2017

  • 1 June Career development fellowships Arthritis UK
  • 1 June Foundation Fellowship Arthritis UK
  • 1 June translational research project grants Heart Research UK
  • 1 June 12th call for product development awards NIHR Invention for Innovation (4i)
  • 1 June project grants Diabetes UK (next closing date is 1 December)
  • 1 June early career small grants Diabetes UK
  • 6 June grants to generate or rehearse ideas on reducing health inequalities Catalysts for Change2 QNIS (The Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland)
  • 13 June Medical technologies proof of concept Arthritis Research UK
  • 17 June Creation of the Dementia Research Institute Hub Medical Research Council (open to higher education institutes to apply)
  • 17 June research grant The General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust (GNCT) 
  • 23 June 16/48 - Evaluating the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme HS&DR
  • 24 June themed research call on hair and nails disorders from the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network
  • 30 June travel awards to present original research British Infection Association 
  • 30 June small grants programme Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, next closing date is 30 September 
  • 30 June small exploratory grant, or new investigation grant, or major research grant British Scoliosis Research Foundation, next closing date is 31 January 

July 2017

  • 1 July project grants Breast Cancer Now
  • 4 July priority programme award in vascular dementia research Stroke Association
  • 12 July Quest for cures: collaborative discovery teams The Brain Tumour Charity
  • 14 July Leadership Fellow for mental health research ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
  • 15 July research for health in humanitarian crises 4th call for proposals elhra
  • 22 July Care and Public Health programme grants Alzheimer's Society
  • 22 July Competition 16 Programme Development Grants
  • 26 July small grants Alcohol Research UK
  • 27 July travel scholarships The Florence Nightingale Foundation
  • 27 July Competition 21 Programme Grants for Applied Research
  • 28 July dissemination of research findings and encourage collaboration Children with Cancer UK (next closing date is 27 October)
  • 28 July Efficiency Research Programme The Health Foundation
  • 29 July Fellowships for nurses/AHPs to support a renal research study leading to a higher degree (Masters, DPhil or PhD) Kidney Research UK 
  • 29 July research grants The Paget's Association