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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.


February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

  • 19 July competition 19 Programme Development Grants (opens 25 May)
  • 22 July Care and Public Health programme grants Alzheimer's Society
  • 26 July small grants Alcohol Research UK
  • 27 July travel scholarships The Florence Nightingale Foundation
  • 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

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017

  • 27 October dissemination of research findings and encourage collaboration Children with Cancer UK
  • 27 October travel award to present original research British Infection Association
  • 31 October smaller research projects fund The Urology Foundation (TUF)