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General research funding for AHPs

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care

Members are able to apply for up to £300 to assist with their education and development (not for travel or one day training courses). This would usually be a contribution towards a development opportunity where there is a substantial cost (several hundred pounds or more). Examples would be a contribution to funding a postgraduate degree module or to support the presentation of a member’s research at an international conference.

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Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

Funds postgraduate education, research, centre visits and CPD awards to members, including travel and accommodation to attend or present at conferences or courses, MSc bursaries.


Private Physiotherapy Education Foundation (PPEF)

Dates pending

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Elizabeth Casson Trust

Offers funding for Occupational Therapists to attend courses such as Post-registration Masters or Doctoral studies, or design learning events, as well as innovation awards and pump-primer research awards. Also offers funding for conferences and international scholarships awards.

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General research funding for Nurses and midwives

Royal College of Nursing

  • RCN Foundation Professional Bursary Scheme – Grants of up to £1,600 for continuous professional development in: adult nursing, children’s nursing, learning disability nursing and mental health nursing
  • RCN Foundation Needlemakers – If you use needles in your work and are doing postgraduate study or a professional short course, you could be eligible for up to £1,000 through this grant
  • Monica Baly Grant – Grants of up to £1,000 available for a history of nursing related project/course/activity
  • Marica Mackie and Rae Bequest – Grants available for nurses in Northern Ireland for professional development

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The General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust

Annual research grants for registered nurses.

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Florence Nightingale Foundation

Leadership Scholarship

Open to registered nurses and midwives of band 7 or above ‘to enable scholars to explore and discover their own leadership style and develop the essential skills to be a courageous and confident leader.’ Scholars must complete an improvement project as part of their award. The scholarship requires financial contribution from the employer of £1000.

Travel Scholarship

Offers funding to travel in the UK or overseas to study new models of care, patient safety and quality improvement and share best practice.

CRH Charitable Trust

Funding for nurses or midwives to research a mental health project.

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Iolanthe Midwifery Trust

Fund midwives to attend study and training days, elective placements, organising conferences and training and research.

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Sands Research Fund

Funds research with a focus on:

  • understanding the causes of stillbirth and neonatal death, and/or
  • identifying pregnancies at risk of perinatal deaths, and/or
  • improving interventions to manage at-risk pregnancies, or
  • optimising bereavement care.

Research must also fit within the research priorities identified by the Stillbirth Priority Setting Partnership

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General Research funding for any NMAHP

Maternity & the Newborn Forum: Luke Zander Research Support Bursary

Funding of £500 and a year RSM membership offered to students, trainees and other professionals who specialise in maternity and/ or surrounding disciplines who are registered in the UK to enable them to progress their research in the field of maternity care or care of the newborn.


Maternity & the Newborn Forum: Wendy Savage Bursary

Funding of £750 to cover overseas travel or £500 to cover travel within the UK and a year’s free RSM membership to  enable applicants to attend a conference to present a paper based on their research in the field of maternity care or care of the newborn.


Maternity & the Newborn Forum: Basil Lee Bursary for Innovation in Communication

Funding of £500 and a year’s free RSM membership to enable applicants to develop their new media skills which relate to the subject of maternity care or care of the newborn.


Wellbeing of Women

Fund research scholarships, training fellowships, postdoctoral research fellowships and research project funding for midwives, nurse s and AHPs.

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Glaucoma UK

Open call Glaucoma Care Grant (open to all health and social care professionals, particularly NMAHPs) funds research up to £50,000.

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NIHR ICA Mentorship Scheme

Offers individuals holding doctoral or post-doctoral ICA awards the opportunity for free one-to-one clinical academic career mentorship by an appropriate mentor.

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NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE)

The DSE award is a post-doctoral level funding opportunity aimed at supporting early to mid-career researchers in gaining specific skills and experience to underpin the next phase of their research career.

Please note that applicants are no longer required to be Academy members. From December 2023 funding is available for a longer duration to support those returning from a break from research. We are particularly keen to see applications from nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and pharmacists.

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Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 53

The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme is inviting stage 1 applications for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and that have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS. As a researcher-led programme, RfPB does not specify topics for research but instead encourages proposals for projects that address a wide range of health service issues and challenges.

More information Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 53 | NIHR


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