Funding Opportunities

RCN Foundation Education Grants 

Educations available for Nurses, Midwives and Health Care Assistants. 

Our education grants fund a wide variety of learning, development and research opportunities, providing the support individuals need to make a difference to quality patient care. 

The RCN Foundation believes that patients deserve the best possible experience and care, delivered by well trained and high performing professionals. 

For nurses to be able to keep up to date with new developments and use their knowledge and skills to transform the care their patients receive, it is important they engage in development opportunities and shared learning.

There are ten grants available, with various opening and closing dates.

Further information:

Tenovus Cancer Care PhD Studentships

We're writing to let you know that the 2019 Tenovus Cancer Care PhD studentships are now open for applications; closing Monday 29th October 2018.

We are delighted to announce that we are continuing our tradition of supporting young and early career researchers by inviting applications for PhD studentships in cancer research, both in the laboratory and in the social sciences. We are looking for projects that address the issues faced by people affected by cancer today, and the best methods of preventing and treating cancer in the future. 

Eligibility and Guidance

Tenovus Cancer Care PhD Studentships are open to any academic institution based in Wales and are scheduled to commence in October 2019. 

They will be for a period of up to four years at a maximum of £30,000 per annum for laboratory based projects, and £20,000 per annum for non-laboratory projects. 

How to apply

Please visit our website for more information and read our PhD Guidance Document. Full applications must be submitted using our online form by Monday 29th October, with decisions expected in March 2019.

Now open to applicants: the Stroke Association lectureship programme

This year, the Stroke Association is collaborating with Health and Care Research Wales to offer a lectureship award exclusively to researchers in Wales. Running alongside the Stroke Association's UK wide lectureship programme, this award will support Wales' rising stars in stroke research, and will help to build capacity. 

Deadline for applications: 17:00 on 26 October 2018

Read more and apply

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) provides a wide range of grants for short and long term research projects, essential infrastructure and strategic initiatives.

The BHF fund all types of cardiovascular research, including on stroke, vascular dementia and diabetes, and from the lab to the clinic and the community.

Information about the different types of grants available can be found here

Butterfield Award Programme

Applications are invited for grants in medicine and health for the Butterfield Award Programme. 

The principal intention of the programme is to enable researchers, practitioners, policy makers and voluntary sector workers in Japan and Britain to share experience and advance knowledge and good practice, and to facilitate UK-Japan professional exchanges and small-scale collaborations. 

Applications can be in any relevant field of medicine and health. Projects in the economics and management of healthcare, public health and the interface between medical and social care are particularly welcome. 

Grants are not available to fund laboratory consumables and equipment nor for the purely clinical costs of joint research projects but are intended, for example, to help towards travel and living expenses of such research collaborations, or towards seminars, conferences, workshops or publications. 

Further background information is available in the link below, and for examples of the kind of projects that have received our funding, our Annual Reports list Butterfield awards made each year and provide examples of the kind of projects that have received our funding in the past. These Reports can be viewed on our website, where you can also download the Butterfield Programme application form: 

The deadline for applications is 15th December 2018 for projects beginning no earlier than 31st March 2019.

Seed Corn Funding from Rosetrees Trust

Provides up to 3 years funding and up to £30K per annum for seedcorn projects aimed at enabling researchers to advance novel ideas related to prevention, diagnosis and/ or treatment of human diseases.

First round closes 30 April 2018, second round closes 30th November 2018.

Further information:

Welsh Government & Health and Care Research Wales

Health research grants - Open

 These grants support capacity-building in health research by funding high-quality research projects that demonstrate a clear benefit to patients, service users and carers or the organisation and delivery of effective healthcare service in Wales. Grants are worth up to £250,000 over a period of 24 months.

Closing date: 05 December 2018

Social care research capacity building grant award - OPEN

The Wales School for Social Care Research is delighted to announce that the Social Care Research Capacity building grants are now open for applications. The maximum sum available for each award is £10,000. The School anticipates being able to fund up to ten projects in total. Read more and apply

Closing date: 28 November 2018

Social care research fel­lowship award - OPEN

This award enables individuals to become independent researchers and to under­take high-quality research. The total budget of this call is approximately £900,000. Three to four awards are anticipated, and are expected to be up to three years in duration. 

Closing date: 28 NOBE

Research for patient and public benefit scheme - Open

This scheme supports research directed at achieving benefit for users of the NHS or the public health of the people in Wales. Grants are worth up to £230,000 over a period of 24 months. 

Closing date: 05 December 2018

Clinical research time awards - open

These awards provide NHS staff with the opportunity to apply for protected time to engage in research activity and to develop their research skills. Applicants are expected to apply for research time of one or two sessions a week for a maximum period of three years. 

Closing date: 25 October 2018

PhD health studentship award - CLOSED

The scheme supports capacity building in health and care research by funding high-quality research projects providing robust evidence which addresses the health and care needs of service users, carers and the wider population, and/or the organisation and delivery of efficient and effective services in Wales.  

Studentship calls may incorporate topical themes which align with Welsh Government policy priorities, which will be indicated in the call documentation. Where this applies, applicants can apply to the general scheme or specifically to the themed call.

Closing date: 27 March 2018

Health research fellowship award - Closed

Health and Care Research Wales is pleased to announce a new call for applications to the Health Research Fellowship scheme. The Fellowships aim to support individuals to become independent researchers and to undertake high quality studies. Applications are invited from across all sectors and scientific disciplines. 

Closing date: 29 November 2017

PhD social care student­ship award - closed

The following information is subject to change. This award supports supports capacity building in social care by funding research pro­jects that aim to provide evidence with relevance to patients, service users, carers, and the organisation and delivery of effective social care services. 

Closing date: 15 September 2017

Excess treatment costs

This scheme provides funding to cover the excess treatment costs of exter­nally funded non-commercial research in secondary care carried out within NHS Wales.

Closing date: None

NIHR funding opportunities

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme - Commissioned

The commissioned workstream invites applications in response to calls for research on specific questions which have been identified and prioritised for their importance to the NHS and patients. Proposals may include primary research, evidence synthesis, or feasibility and pilot studies. See our current funding opportunities or download a list of potential future research topics currently being developed.

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NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS.

The commissioned workstream invites applications in response to calls for research on specific questions which have been identified and prioritised for their importance to the NHS and patients. Proposals may include primary research, evidence synthesis, or feasibility and pilot studies. See our current funding opportunities or download a list of potential future research topics currently being developed.

NIHR Public Health Research Programme 

The PHR programme invites applications from researchers whose studies will generate new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. 

The researcher-led workstream offers researchers the opportunity to submit proposals on topics or research questions within the programme’s remit. 

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme - an NIHR and MRC partnership

Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship Programme

  • Round 6 now closed (deadline 14 September). Next call to be announced.
    Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships (KMRF) are designed to support a balance of innovative knowledge mobilisation and research into the processes and impacts of such innovation. Through innovative practice and systematic study of that practice KMR Fellows should advance knowledge and understanding about research use, influence and impact.

Invention for Innovation Programme (i4i)

Policy Research Programme

Research Awards for Health Professionals

This scheme offers practising health professionals the opportunity to carry out humanities or social science research, in any area of health.

  • Career stage: Postgraduate training, Postdoctoral research
  • Level of funding: Salary and research expenses covered
  • Duration of funding: Up to 6 months, or up to 3 years

Deadlines for preliminary application: 11 January 2018

Further information:

Fulbright Awards for UK Citizens

The US-UK Fulbright Commission provides generous grants to UK citizens for study, research and teaching in the USA, in any subject and at any accredited US higher education institution.

A wide range of exchange opportunities for UK citizens are offered in the following main categories:

  • Postgraduate Student Awards to pursue a postgraduate degree in the US or to attend a US university as a 'visiting student researcher' in any subject;*
  • Summer Institutes for UK undergraduates to experience the US in a unique summer programme.

*Please note that the "visiting student researcher" option should be used for applicants who will pursue research projects at a degree granting accredited education institution while currently enrolled in an UK/European Master’s / Doctorate programme. Applicants will be required to engage in an independent full time research project under the supervision of a research advisor at their U.S. host institution.

In order to apply for a Fulbright award you must be a UK citizen, resident anywhere except the United States. Non-UK citizens are required to apply in their country of citizenship, even if they are resident in the UK.

Each award has additional specific eligibility criteria. Please review the Selection Criteria tab on each award's page for more information.

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