Apply for Grant
for a Research Grant No later than 17thJUNE 2016.
of grant application process for the GNCT
call for grant applications with a specified closing date will be
advertised via the website. The call will normally be issued on an
annual basis. The specific focus of the call will be stated in the
call for applications.
applications will be reviewed initially by Trustees to ascertain
whether they fulfil the following criteria for potential funding.
proposal for a research study which focuses on an aspect of nursing
policy / practice / education which addresses the focus of the
proposed study addresses a defined research question and uses a
recognised research methodology.
funding requested falls within the maximum amount specified in the
lead applicant is a nurse working in nursing practice, education,
management or research in England or Wales.
proposed research is to be undertaken in England and/or Wales
application was received prior to the deadline for submission.
which fulfil the above criteria will be reviewed.
applications will be subject to independent peer review. Applicants
are requested to supply the name, postal address and email address of
two potential reviewers that the Trustees may consider approaching to
assess the quality of the proposal. Potential reviewers should not be
collaborators or close colleagues of any member of the research team
submitting the application. Reviewers will be asked to complete a
written assessment of the proposal and make a recommendation
regarding its suitability for funding. Applications will also be
reviewed by Trustees.
Three Trustees will oversee the grant application process. The Board of
Trustees will draw upon the recommendations of the reviewers when
Board of Trustees is not in a position to provide feedback on
individual grant applications. Copies of the feedback from reviewers
will only be available on request to successful applicants if they
require this for ethics and research governance approval.
focused studies undertaken within the NHS may be eligible for NIHR
portfolio support. Successful applicants are advised to discuss this
with the Research Office in the NHS Trust in which they will
undertake the research Successful applicants have been notified of the
outcome of their application .
The Trust will consider providing funding to
support nursing research projects which clearly demonstrate that they
will make a contribution to achieving the Trust’s aims of improving
patient outcomes. The 2016 call for research proposals will focus on patient experience to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of patients and families.
In order for an application to be eligible
for funding, the lead applicant must be a registered nurse working in
England or Wales and the proposed research study must be undertaken
in England and/or Wales. Collaborative bids between universities and
the NHS, voluntary, public, private or independent sector are
Applications must be received by the deadline
specified by the Trust in order to be considered for funding.
Applications should be submitted in an electronic format (MS Word or
PDF) using the Trust’s grant application form.
Applications for collaborative funding
arrangements will be considered if they are relevant to the Trust’s
aims. In such cases the interest, involvement and liabilities of all
parties must be clearly stated. The outputs in respect of the support
provided by the GNC Trust must be clearly demonstrated. The GNC Trust
will not provide funds to cover the responsibilities of other
individuals or organisations.
The Trustees have limited funds available and
grants will be made within this context. The normal maximum award is
£20,000. The Trust will not fund organisational overheads, purchase
of equipment, or dissemination costs such as conference attendance
and publications. Payment of the award is conditional upon gaining
ethical and research governance approval as appropriate.
A panel of reviewers comprising Trustees and
external reviewers with expertise in the topic of the proposed
research will make recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding
the quality of the proposal. The Board of Trustees will agree the
award of grants, based on the recommendation of the reviewers and the
Successful applicants will be expected to
provide the Trustees with three copies of:
(a) an annual
progress report on the project
(b) the final
report of the project, by dates agreed with the Trustees.
The final report should include an Executive
Summary clearly outlining the nature of the work undertaken and its
relevance to the Trust’s aims. Seven additional copies of the
Executive Summary should be sent. The Final Report, Executive Summary
and other outputs from the research (e.g. oral presentations and
publications) should acknowledge that the research was supported
through funding provided by the GNC Trust.
Trustees will not be in a position to comment
prior to or after submission of the research proposal.
Canvassing of Trustees will result in the
application being withdrawn by the Trust.
Funding will not normally be made
available to support personal study. In exceptional circumstances the
Trustees may consider providing funding to support research degree
study which is clearly part of a larger study meeting the Trust’s
considered by Reviewers
The Reviewers will
pay particular attention to the following questions:
the aims and objectives of the study clearly focused and can the
identified research questions be adequately addressed?
the applicant critically reviewed the current published literature
the design of the study likely to allow the research aims to be met?
due consideration been given to adequate analysis in study design or
in the handling of the data produced? (To include statistical
analysis where appropriate)
does the study inform/contribute to the development of the nursing
the findings from the study be generalisable/transferable?
the study be completed in the time proposed, and with the resources
the research team have the appropriate expertise to complete the
project successfully? Are the roles and contributions of different
members of the team made clear?
the study represent good value for money? Have the resources
requested been fully justified?
the proposed study adhere to relevant research governance, ethical
and legal requirements (e.g. data protection)?
there a dissemination strategy which enables the findings from the
research to be shared widely?
Reviewer Feedback Form
Issues considered by Reviewers
The Reviewers will pay particular attention to the following questions:
Are the aims and objectives of the study clearly focused and can the identified research questions be adequately addressed?
Has the applicant critically reviewed the current published literature where appropriate?
Is the design of the study likely to allow the research aims to be met?
Has due consideration been given to adequate analysis in study design or in the handling of the data produced? (To include statistical analysis where appropriate)
How does the study inform/contribute to the development of the nursing profession?
Will the findings from the study be generalisable/transferable?
Can the study be completed in the time proposed, and with the resources requested?
Does the research team have the appropriate expertise to complete the project successfully? Are the roles and contributions of different members of the team made clear?
Does the study represent good value for money? Have the resources requested been fully justified?
Does the proposed study adhere to relevant research governance, ethical and legal requirements (e.g. data protection)?
Is there a dissemination strategy which enables the findings from the research to be shared widely?