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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.

September 2017

October 2017

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UK Government funding

UK research councils

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

November 2017


December 2017

January 2018

February 2018

  • 15 Feb (TBC). Tenovus Scotland - small pilot grants (Strathclyde)
  • Feb 2018 (TBC). Stroke Association - project grants
  • Feb 2018 (TBC). General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust - grants

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018

  • May 2018 (TBC). Florence Nightingale Foundation - research scholarships
  • May 2018 (TBC). Society for Endocrinology - early career grant and themed scientific meeting grant
  • May 2018 (TBC). The Association for Perioperative Practice - awards and bursaries
  • 1 May (TBC). Tenovus Scotland - small pilot grants (Edinburgh)
  • May 2018 (TBC). The Urology Foundation - smaller research projects fund
  • May 2018 (TBC). European Oncology Nursing Society - research travel grant
  • May 2018 (TBC). Macmillan Cancer Support - research grants scheme

June 2018

  • 1 Jun (TBC). Diabetes UK - early career small grants
  • 1 Jun (TBC). Diabetes UK - project grants
  • 12 Jun (TBC). Tenovus Cancer Care - iGrants
  • 15 Jun (TBC). Cancer Research UK - Tobacco Advisory Group (TAG) project grants
  • 15 Jun (TBC). Society for Endocrinology - regional clinical cases meeting grant
  • 15 Jun (TBC). Yorkshire Cancer Research - 2018 funding round
  • 16 Jun (TBC). Society for Endocrinology - endocrine nurse award
  • 30 Jun (TBC). British Scoliosis Research Foundation - grants
  • 30 Jun (TBC). Breast Cancer Now - project grants
  • 30 Jun (TBC). Breast Cancer Now - PhD studentships

July 2018

  • 1 Jul (TBC). Burdett Trust for Nursing - grant programme
  • 1 Jul (TBC). The Urology Foundation - travel grants for nurses
  • 3 Jul (TBC). Vale of Leven Scholarship Scheme - fellowships and scholarships
  • 7 Jul (TBC). Marie Curie Cancer Care - research grants scheme
  • 21 Jul (TBC). Florence Nightingale Foundation - travel scholarships
  • 25 Jul (TBC). The Health Foundation - Insight 2018 (small-scale and large-scale awards)
  • 27 Jul (TBC). HEE NCEL / NIHR CLAHRC North Thames - fellowship scheme
  • 26 Jul (TBC). SPARKS/GOSH charity - project grants

August 2018

  • 15 Aug (TBC). Barts Charity - large project grants
  • 15 Aug (TBC). Society for Endocrinology - travel grant
  • 31 Aug (TBC). Diabetes UK - PhD studentship