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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.

July 2017

August 2017

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UK Government funding

UK research councils

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

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

  • 9 Nov. The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust - postgraduate travelling fellowships
  • 13 Nov. Commonwealth Fund - Harkness fellowships in health care policy and practice
  • 24 Nov. Kidney Research UK - allied health professional fellowship (open to nurses)
  • 27 Nov. Society for Endocrinology - early career grant
  • 30 Nov. Cancer Research UK - population research catalyst award
  • Nov 2017 (TBC). Stroke Association - postdoctoral fellowships
  • Nov 2017 (TBC). Stroke Association - postgraduate fellowships
  • Nov 2017 (TBC). Fulbright Commission - postgraduate student awards
  • Nov 2017 (TBC). Fulbright Commission - scholar and professional awards
  • Nov 2017 (TBC). Fight for Sight - clinical fellowships

December 2017

January 2018

February 2018

  • 15 Feb. Tenovus Scotland - small research 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
  • May 2018 (TBC). Tenovus Scotland - small research grants (Grampian and 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