Applications for our research scholarships are now open. This new grant scheme will support nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals including healthcare scientists (excluding medical doctors and dentists) to help develop their research career.

The research scholarships are designed to enable healthcare professionals to undertake a research project and develop their research skills. It also provides an opportunity to generate pilot data that will enable award-holders to be in a stronger position to apply for further funding.

The research scholarships are designed to support clearly defined research applications that can demonstrate a route towards new or improved patient care.

How does the funding work?

Funding is available for up to £11,500. This is designed to act as a salary cost contribution for up to one day per week, for up to 1 year (or up to 2 years for part time staff). Applicants must spend one day per week on research and be released from their professional practice responsibilities. Applicants may also designate some of the funding towards research training.

Funding is available for two awards. The research projects should align with the trust’s R&D strategy.

How are applications assessed?

Applications will be assessed by the Royal Free Charity Research Review Panel using the following criteria:

  • Importance
  • Research design and methodology
  • Feasibility
  • Potential impact for patients
  • Research career plans

The panel will include representation from healthcare professionals.

Key dates

23 October 2023 – grant round opens

11 January 2024 – grant round closes

Late March 2024 – notifications

How to apply

We encourage you to read our application guidance before applying, to find out more about the scholarship and to check the eligibility criteria.

Once you’re ready to apply, please complete the application form, and email it to [email protected] by 4pm on 11 January 2024.

We are unable to consider applications after this date. Applicants should ensure they allow sufficient time to get the necessary approvals prior to submitting their applications.

If you have any questions, please contact us at the address above – we’ll be happy to assist.