Funding for your research activities

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Burdett Trust for Nursing

The Burdett Trust for Nursing was established in 2002 with the aim of making charitable grants to support the nursing contribution to healthcare. The Trustees target their grants at projects that are nurse-led and that empower nurses to make significant improvements to the patient care environment.  It provides support: to build research capacity, for professional development and nurse led initiatives.

Chief Scientist Office (CSO)

Researcher initiated grant scheme - limit £300k

All applications to CSO response mode schemes are assessed by one of 2 research advisory committees:

  1. Translational Clinical Studies Research Committee
  2. Health Improvement, Protection and Services Research Committee

For more information on the remit of each committee and the type of applications that is appropriate please refer to the committee pages (available via link below).

Further information can be found via the following link:

General Nursing Council Fund

The General Nursing Council and Margaret Callum Rodger Awards are used by registered nurses and midwives to undertake educational developments, study tours or carry out small scale projects, all of which must make a difference to patient or client care. See the NHS Education for Scotland website below for application details.

JMAS Sim Fellowship

The John, Margaret, Alfred and Stewart Sim Fellowship provides funding for any graduates in Medicine and Science to research the causes or treatment of depression. See the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh website below for more information.

Medical Research Foundation

Launchpad Grants in Mental Health

The Medical Research Foundation’s Launchpad Grants will support early and mid-career researchers and clinical academics, whose research will increase understanding of mental health, and improve diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

This competition is open to all UK-based researchers and clinical academics at eligible institutions (UK HEIs, Research Council research institutes, hospitals, and other independent research organisations). Applicants must hold a PhD, DPhil, MD or doctorate in a relevant area and be conducting their research at an eligible institution.

Applications within a broad field of mental health research are welcomed. However, we particularly encourage applications from areas that have been identified as in need of funding, including ADHD, Tourette’s, suicide and self-harm, and trauma-related mental health

Applicants to the Launchpad Grants in Mental Health should aim to develop multidisciplinary collaborations with researchers in other fields, expanding the applicant’s research networks and building their research profile. The grants can be used to conduct pilot studies, generate data and collaborations, and develop competitive research proposals for larger funding.

Applicants may apply for up to £100,000 to support their research, over a maximum of a 2-year period (pro-rata for part-time positions). There will be up to £500,000 available in this competition.


  • Deadline for submission: 12:00 Monday 27 September 2021
  • Funding decision: February 2022
  • Feedback on funding decision: March 2022

Launchpad Grants in Mental Health | Medical Research Foundation



Further information can be found using the following link:

Public Health Research | NIHR





NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Research Endowment

Please check back here for information on when 2021 funding call will be released. 

Royal College of Nursing Foundation

You don't have to be an RCN member to receive their support. 

As an independent charity, we're here for every current and former nurse, midwife and health care assistant, as well as students and nursing associates.

Our grants for nursing-led research and projects, as well as education and hardship, support professionals to innovate, develop their careers and get through tough times.

Wellbeing of Women

These awards are for projects in laboratory, clinical and translational research in the areas of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period, including pre-term birth, miscarriage and fertility; general wellbeing surrounding women’s health issues such as menopause, incontinence, sexual health, perinatal mental health, menstrual disorder and endometriosis; and gynaecological cancers.


See below for details of the various funding schemes available from Wellcome; please contact Dr Erica Packard, NHSGGC Mental Health Research Coordinator, to discuss any funding application.