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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh offers a number of grants to Fellows and Members, including Small Research Support Grants, Grants for Travel such as the Ethicon Foundation Short Term Clinical Visit Grants and Ethicon Foundation Fund Travel Grants, and Ophthalmology Grants.

Small Research Pump Priming Grants

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh invites applications for Small Research Pump Priming Grants, up to £10,000, from surgical trainees and recently appointed consultants. The principle applicant must be a Member or Fellow of the College in good standing.

Grants are awarded for pump priming projects for a period of one year only and research project submissions should satisfy one or more of the College's four priority areas for research:

  • Surgical and Dental translational research
  • Surgical and Dental health services research
  • Research into surgical and Dental aspects of patient safety, simulation and non-operative technical skills
  • Cancer research of demonstrable direct clinical relevance to the management of solid tumours

It is a condition of the award that a progress report is sent to the College on completion of the period of research.

Further information: Guidance notes and application form

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 15 November 2017

Ophthalmology Grants

Major and Small Project Ophthalmology Grants, sponsored by Royal Blind

Major and Small Project Ophthalmology Grants are sponsored by Royal Blind. These grants are awarded for Research carried out from Ophthalmologists currently working in Scotland, and all Members and Fellows of the College in good standing.


Closing date for applications: 1 November 2017

Further information: Cathy McCartney: c.mccartney@rcsed.ac.uk or +44 131 527 1618.

British Council for Prevention of Blindness Grant Programme

The British Council for Prevention of Blindness supports research into the prevention of blindness in low and low-middle income countries throughout the world.

Grants are offered for research projects that further the goals of ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’, in the following categories:

  • Fellowships leading to the award of PhD or MD - up to £190,000 over 2 or 3 years
  • Research grants - up to £60,000
  • Research Mentorship Awards - up to £15,000
  • Grants are only awarded to UK Universities and Hospitals.

Closing date for applications: 6 October 2017

For more details, full terms & conditions and application forms please see www.bcpb.org or contact Diana Bramson, Charity Manager, BCPB, 4 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2RP.  Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7404 7114 Email: info@bcpb.org


FST / ASME Educational Research Grants

The Faculty of Surgical Trainers (FST) and the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) have come together in a ground-breaking partnership to launch a series of research grants to promote research in this vital area. 

These grants, of up to £3,000, can be used to support either a research study or evaluation of a teaching innovation in any field of surgical education and training.

This has closed for 2017.

Travel Grants

Ethicon Foundation Fund Travel Grants

Ethicon Foundation Fund Travel Grants are awarded to Fellows or Members of the College in good standing, as a contribution towards international travel costs to further enhance a specialty skill or experience which is not normally available in the applicant's own hospital, for a period of between 6 weeks and 12 months (though visits of up to 24 months may be considered). The grant is intended to cover the cost of one economy class return journey up to a value of £1,000.

Successful applicants will normally be Fellows or Members in training grade appointments but more senior applications may be considered at the discretion of the Board. Travel for the sole purpose of attending a scientific meeting will not be supported, and retrospective requests for grants not considered. Applicants must have obtained prior approval for the visit from the appropriate training authority in the country of application. Reports from beneficiaries of these awards can be found here.

Closed for applications 2017.

Further information from Cathy McCartney: c.mccartney@rcsed.ac.uk or +44 131 527 1618.

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