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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 2019


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UK Government funding

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Research and innovation bulletin

Research and innovation bulletin

Keep up to date with all the latest developments in nursing research by signing up to the RCN’s fortnightly research and innovation bulletin.

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