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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 and awards are subject to change.

March 2018




April 2018

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UK Government funding

UK research councils

The UK's research councils invest around £3 billion each year into research.

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June 2018



July 2018

  • Jul (TBC). Burdett Trust for Nursing - grant programme
  • Jul (TBC). The Urology Foundation - travel grants for nurses
  • Jul (TBC). Marie Curie Cancer Care - research grants scheme
  • 18 Jul. Barts Charity - large project grants
  • Jul (TBC). Florence Nightingale Foundation - travel scholarships
  • Jul (TBC). HEE NCEL / NIHR CLAHRC North Thames - fellowship scheme
  • Jul (TBC). SPARKS/GOSH charity - project grants

August 2018


September 2018

  • 1 Sep. Healthcare infection Society - major research grants, small research grants
  • Sep (TBC). The Brain Tumour Charity - quality of life awards
  • Sep (TBC). Stroke Association/MRC - joint clinical training fellowships
  • Sep (TBC). Medical Research Council - clinical research training fellowship
  • Sep (TBC). Florence Nightingale Foundation - leadership scholarships
  • Sep (TBC). Cancer Research UK - pre-doctoral research bursary
  • Sep (TBC). Alcohol Research UK - small grants
  • 15 Sep. Tenovus Scotland - small pilot grants (Strathclyde)
  • Sep (TBC). Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - travelling fellowships
  • Sep (TBC). Arthritis Research UK - PhD scholarship scheme
  • Sep (TBC). Crohn's and Colitis UK - research awards
  • Sep (TBC). Arthritis Research UK - senior research fellowship
  • 26 Sep. Society for Endocrinology - public engagement grant
  • Autumn 2017 (TBC). Tenovus Scotland - small research grants (Tayside)

October 2018

  • 3 Oct. Parkinson's UK - small grants scheme
  • Oct (TBC). The Urology Foundation- travel grants for nurses
  • Oct (TBC). Alcohol Research UK - postgraduate research studentships
  • Oct (TBC). Stroke Association - lectureships
  • Oct (TBC). UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network - nurse fellowship
  • 31 Oct. Diabetes UK - Sir George Alberti research training fellowship
  • 31 Oct. Diabetes UK - RD Lawrence fellowship
  • Oct (TBC). The Urology Foundation - smaller research projects fund

November 2018

  • Nov (TBC). Fight for Sight - primer fellowship awards 
  • Nov (TBC). Stroke Association - postdoctoral fellowships
  • Nov (TBC). Stroke Association - postgraduate fellowships
  • Nov (TBC). Fulbright Commission - postgraduate student awards
  • Nov (TBC). Fulbright Commission - scholar awards
  • Nov (TBC). The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust - postgraduate travelling fellowships
  • Nov (TBC). Commonwealth Fund - Harkness fellowships in health care policy and practice
  • Nov (TBC). Kidney Research UK - allied health professional fellowship (open to nurses)
  • 23 Nov. The Association for Perioperative Practice - education and research fellowship fund
  • 28 Nov. Society for Endocrinology - early career grant and endocrine nurse grant
  • Nov (TBC). Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) - research funding
  • Nov (TBC). Cancer Research UK - population research catalyst award

December 2018


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February 2019