arrow_up-blue blog branches consultations events facebook-icon facebook-icon2 factsheet forum-icon forum hands key link location lock mail measure menu_plus news pdf pdf2 phone policies publications related search share subjectguide twitter-icon word youtube-icon

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.


March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

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

  • 1 September expanding theories to change our understanding, diagnosis and/or management of brain tumours The Brain Tumour Charity
  • 1 September  quality of life awards The Brain Tumour Charity
  • 5 September Harkness Fellowships in health care policy and practice for mid-career health services researchers/practitioners for citizens or permanent residents in Australia and New Zealand The Commonwealth Fund
  • 11 September leadership scholarships which are general, aspiring deans; aspiring nurse director; and emerging leaders Florence Nightingale Foundation
  • 27 September senior research fellowship Arthritis Research UK

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)

November 2017

  • November project grants Fight for Sight
  • November Postdoctoral Fellowships or Postgraduate Fellowships Stroke Association
  • 9 November The Peel and Rothwell Jackson Postgraduate Travelling Fellowships through The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust
  • November All-disciplines Scholar Awards Fulbright Commission (opens August 2017)
  • November British Heart Foundation Scholar Award Fulbright Commission (opens August 2017)
  • November Fight for Sight Research Award Fulbright Commission (opens August 2017)
  • November Northern Ireland Public Sector Awards Fulbright Commission (opens August 2017)
  • November The Urology Foundation Scholar Award Fulbright Commission (opens August 2017)
  • 13 November Harkness Fellowships Health Care Policy and Practice for mid-career health services researchers/practitioners for citizens or permanent residents in Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the UK
  • November improve men's health The Queen's Nursing Institute
  • 24 November Fellowship (Allied Health Professional, Training, Post Doctoral, Senior) & Studentship, Kidney Research UK (opens August 2017)
  • 27 November early career grant Society for Endocrinology (next closing date is 27 May 2018)

December 2017


January 2018

  • January General Nursing Council for Scotland (Education) Fund 1983 and Margaret Callum Rodger Midwifery Award NHS Education for Scotland
  • 31 January small exploratory grant, new investigator grant, major research grant British Scoliosis Research Foundation (next closing date is 30 June)

February 2018

  • February grant round for a PhD studentship; innovative grant; project grants; or junior fellowships MS Society
  • February research grant on making patient care safer The General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust (GNCT)
  • February project grants Stroke Association
  • February small research grants for Strathclyde Tenovus Scotland, next closing date is in September
  • February Barbers' Company Clinical Nursing Scholarship RCN Research Institute