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The RCN Foundation helps to invest in the nursing and midwifery professions and improve patient care.

Every single day, nursing and midwifery professionals around the UK help to care for people when they are at their most vulnerable. That care improves the UK's health and wellbeing and deserves investment.

Our research funding priorities 

We fund projects related to the two areas outlined below. Please note, we are not currently open for speculative applications.

1. Projects that invest in the nursing and midwifery professions

As health and social care become more integrated, nurses, midwives and health care support workers have to find more innovative ways to make sure they deliver joined up, effective patient care. At the same time, more people are living longer, many with long-term conditions such as learning disabilities, or mental illness.

This is why our current key priorities for organisational grants are:

  • Children and young people’s mental health

  • Learning disability nursing.

2. Raising the profile of nursing and midwifery

Most patients know that nurses, midwives, and health care support workers are there to help them, but they may not fully understand the jobs they do. Raising the profile of nursing will help more people understand its contribution to improving the nation’s health. It’s why we fund projects that demonstrate how they increase the public profile of nursing.

What organisations can apply for a grant?

Organisations need to be UK-based and could be:

  • Registered charities

  • Health care organisations

  • Higher education institutions.

We are currently not open for speculative applications. However, please keep a look out for future calls linked to our priorities. It may be helpful to sign up to our newsletter for further news on projects and funding opportunities. You can do this by emailing

Have a question? Check our research grants FAQ section to see if yours is covered there. If not, please email your question to

What our project partners say

"Beating the Virus was the first COVID-19 resource that we developed and made freely available to help people with learning disabilities and other communication difficulties to understand what was happening.

"We are so grateful to the RCN Foundation for their generous support for the digital resource, the printed book and its further development within the Beyond Words Story App." Nick Wright, Chief Executive, Beyond Words

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Research Grants: Frequently Asked Questions

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Research Grants: Extra Support

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Funded projects & success stories

Read more about RCN Foundation's previously funded projects

Simply answer this short quiz to find out if your organisation can apply for funding. Does your organisation fall into one of the following categories?

  • Registered charities
  • Health care organisations
  • Higher education institutions
  • NHS trusts

If no unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for a grant.
Does the work you are requesting funding for fall within any of the following activities?

  • General and round-robin appeals
  • Individuals, including student grants or bursaries
  • Non-specialist equipment
  • Projects or services that the government has a statutory responsibility to provide

If yes unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for a grant.
Congratulations you meet all the criteia to apply for the Organisation grant. Click on the "Apply No" link below to begin you application.