Alumni Clinical Research Grant Scheme

Are you a nurse or a midwife who completed your pre-registration education with the University of Plymouth before September 2017?

Are you interested in developing your research skills?

If the answer to both questions is ‘yes’ our ‘Alumni Clinical Research Grant Scheme could be of interest to you.

We are delighted to launch a £5000 clinical research grant scheme for Registered Nurses and Midwives who are alumni of the University of Plymouth and are working in the health service across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

We want to share our research expertise with clinicians and support the professional development of our alumni. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage our alumni to develop their research skills through managing a small research project in a clinical setting, and to get involved in the research programmes in the School.

Are you interested? We’d love to hear from you!

To be eligible to apply you have to:

  • have undertaken your undergraduate/pre-registration education with us
  • graduated at least 12 months ago (September 2017 or earlier)
  • work in a local (Somerset, Devon, Cornwall) health service
  • identify a clinical problem that could be explored through research
  • develop an outline research proposal (background, aims, methods and expected outcomes)
  • identify the School research cluster where the proposal would fit
  • be prepared to publish the findings of your study.

If you wish to discuss your research idea in more detail, please contact Professor Ruth Endacott at

How to apply

To apply, please send a research proposal (maximum 2 pages) and CV to the Head of School Please discuss this with your line manager before you apply.

Applications for 2019 are now closed. Information on 2020 applications will be available soon.

If you are successful, we will provide:

  • up to £5000 research grant, which can be used to employ a research assistant, or to buy out some of your time from your employer
  • supervision for the study from one of our research clusters
  • support for the study from initial idea through to publication.

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