Funding sources are likely to vary depending on where you work. Some institutions provide small amounts of funding to start research projects off or to enable research active staff to do some feasibility or development work before undertaking a full project. If you win a small amount of money don’t try to do too much with it. Think very carefully about how much you can really achieve with this piece. It is always easier to get larger amounts of funding if you have done some developmental work or feasibility testing, so keep each step small.
PhD funding :
Some research charities, such as Breast Cancer Now and Tenovus Cancer Care will provide funding for PhDs, but they are often at stipend level, rather than full salary. The application also usually comes from the supervisor. If you have a good idea and want to go for one of these find a supervisor to work with so they can put in the application.
Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC) Wales: Building Research Capacity for Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and Pharmacists in Wales
RCBC Wales is funded by the Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales and is a collaboration between six university nursing and allied health departments in Wales. The purpose of the collaboration is to increase research capacity in nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions across Wales. It does this through a number of schemes ranging from 'First into Research' opportunities to Post Doctoral Fellowships. All members of the this scheme join the Community of Scholars which provides mentorship and master classes in research methods.
These are awarded by some the national health research institutes, such as NIHR for England, Health and Care Research Wales and Chief Scientist Office, NHS Scotland. They may have different streams of research focused on patient benefit or on evaluation of new technologies. Some charities, such as Breast Cancer Now, also award project grants. To get one of these you need to be part of a collaborative research team. if you want to lead one you will usually be doctorally prepared.
Where to find funding:
Click here to access the Wales Cancer Research Centre funding pages and use the filter system to search for research opportunities for nurses and AHPs. If you are aware of a funding opportunity that isn't currently listed here, please contact Jodie Bond on BondJ@Cardiff.ac.uk.