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Application for a Research Grant No later than Tuesday 7th February 2017.


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Overview of grant application process for the GNCT

A 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.

Grant applications will be reviewed initially by Trustees to ascertain whether they fulfil the following criteria for potential funding.

  • A proposal for a research study which focuses on an aspect of nursing policy / practice / education which addresses the focus of the proposed call

  • The proposed study addresses a defined research question and uses a recognised research methodology.

  • The funding requested falls within the maximum amount specified in the call.

  • The lead applicant is a nurse working in nursing practice, education, management or research in England or Wales.

  • The proposed research is to be undertaken in England and/or Wales

  • The application was received prior to the deadline for submission.

Applications which fulfil the above criteria will be reviewed.

Grant 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 allocating awards.

The 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.

Applicants are encouraged to consider linking their research to the research infrastructure in their country(England or Wales).For example,applicants in England are encouraged where appropriate to link to the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Research and Care (CLAHRC) 

Clinically 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   

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 2017 call for research proposals will focus on making care safer for 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.The Trust welcomes proposals from early and mid career researchers,who are supported ,as appropriate,by more expert researchers.Collaborative bids between universities and the NHS,voluntary,public,private  and  Collaborative bids between universities and the NHS, voluntary, public, private or independent sector are welcomed.

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. The closing date for the 2017 call is Tuesday 7th February.The Trust anticipates notifying applicants of the outcome of their application by the end of July 2017

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 £30,000. 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 funding available.

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 aims.

Issues considered by Reviewers

The Reviewers will pay particular attention to the following questions:

  1. Are the aims and objectives of the study clearly focused and can the identified research questions be adequately addressed?

  2. Has the applicant critically reviewed the current published literature where appropriate?

  3. Is the design of the study likely to allow the research aims to be met?

  4. 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)

  5. How does the study inform/contribute to the development of the nursing profession?

  6. Will the findings from the study be generalisable/transferable?

  7. Can the study be completed in the time proposed, and with the resources requested?

  8. 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?

  9. Does the study represent good value for money? Have the resources requested been fully justified?

  10. Does the proposed study adhere to relevant research governance, ethical and legal requirements (e.g. data protection)?

  11. Is there a dissemination strategy which enables the findings from the research to be shared widely?

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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?