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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.

January 2018


February 2018


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UK Government funding

UK research councils

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

March 2018



April 2018


May 2018

  • 1 May. Tenovus Scotland - small pilot grants (Edinburgh)
  • 9 May. Parkinson's UK - small grants scheme
  • 11 May. Dunhill Medical Trust - research project grants
  • May (TBC). Florence Nightingale Foundation - research scholarships
  • 23 May. Parkinson's UK - project grants
  • 23 May. Society for Endocrinology - early career grant and endocrine nurse grant
  • 30 May. Society for Endocrinology - themed scientific meeting grant
  • May (TBC). The Association for Perioperative Practice - awards and bursaries
  • May (TBC). The Urology Foundation - smaller research projects fund
  • May (TBC). European Oncology Nursing Society - research travel grant
  • May (TBC). Macmillan Cancer Support - research grants scheme

June 2018

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

July 2018

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

August 2018


September 2018

  • Sep (TBC). The Brain Tumour Charity - quality of life awards
  • Sep (TBC). Stroke Association/MRC - joint clinical training fellowships
  • Sep (TBC). Medical Research Council - clinical research training fellowship
  • Sep (TBC). Florence Nightingale Foundation - leadership scholarships
  • Sep (TBC). Cancer Research UK - pre-doctoral research bursary
  • Sep (TBC). Alcohol Research UK - small grants
  • 15 Sep. Tenovus Scotland - small pilot grants (Strathclyde)
  • Sep (TBC). Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - travelling fellowships
  • Sep (TBC). Arthritis Research UK - PhD scholarship scheme
  • Sep (TBC). Crohn's and Colitis UK - research awards
  • Sep (TBC). Arthritis Research UK - senior research fellowship
  • 26 Sep. Society for Endocrinology - public engagement grant
  • Autumn 2017 (TBC). Tenovus Scotland - small research grants (Tayside)

October 2018

  • 3 Oct. Parkinson's UK - small grants scheme
  • Oct (TBC). The Urology Foundation- travel grants for nurses
  • Oct (TBC). Alcohol Research UK - postgraduate research studentships
  • Oct (TBC). Stroke Association - lectureships
  • Oct (TBC). UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network - nurse fellowship
  • 31 Oct. Diabetes UK - Sir George Alberti research training fellowship
  • 31 Oct. Diabetes UK - RD Lawrence fellowship
  • Oct (TBC). The Urology Foundation - smaller research projects fund

November 2018

  • Nov (TBC). Fight for Sight - primer fellowship awards 
  • Nov (TBC). Stroke Association - postdoctoral fellowships
  • Nov (TBC). Stroke Association - postgraduate fellowships
  • Nov (TBC). Fulbright Commission - postgraduate student awards
  • Nov (TBC). Fulbright Commission - scholar awards
  • Nov (TBC). The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust - postgraduate travelling fellowships
  • Nov (TBC). Commonwealth Fund - Harkness fellowships in health care policy and practice
  • Nov (TBC). Kidney Research UK - allied health professional fellowship (open to nurses)
  • 28 Nov. Society for Endocrinology - early career grant and endocrine nurse grant
  • Nov (TBC). Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) - research funding
  • Nov (TBC). Cancer Research UK - population research catalyst award

December 2018