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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.

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

  • 1 June translational research project grants Heart Research UK
  • 6 June grants to generate or rehearse ideas on reducing health inequalities Catalysts for Change2 QNIS (The Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland)
  • 13 June Medical technologies proof of concept Arthritis Research UK
  • 17 June Creation of the Dementia Research Institute Hub Medical Research Council (open to higher education institutes to apply) 
  • 26 June themed research call on skin health and disease in older people UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network
  • 30 June travel awards to present original research British Infection Association (next closing date is 30 October)
  • 30 June small grants programme Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, next closing date is 30 September 
  • 30 June small exploratory grant, or new investigation grant, or major research grant British Scoliosis Research Foundation, next closing date is 31 January 

July 2017

  • 4 July priority programme award in vascular dementia research Stroke Association
  • 12 July Quest for cures: collaborative discovery teams The Brain Tumour Charity
  • 14 July Leadership Fellow for mental health research ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
  • 15 July research for health in humanitarian crises 4th call for proposals elhra
  • 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)