Smaller Research Projects Fund Application & Information

Our Smaller Research Projects Fund is aimed at projects that can be delivered quickly (ie within 2 years) and are focused on projects that seek to improve the quality of clinical services and patient treatments and care.  Applicants should be able to show how their research is beneficial to patient care and how it might improve practice.  This fund is also open to applications from nurses, as well as clincians and researchers. 

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Applications to this funding stream are now closed and will reopen in 2024.

2024 TUF smaller research projects fund

How to apply

Maximum grant award: £10,000

Nurse-led and/or Clinician-led patient projects
TUF will fund projects for patient benefit that seek to improve services and treatments and communications with patients and carers. The outcomes of the study must be measured and evaluated and demonstrate improved care and well-being of patients.

Click here for information on the criteria and application process

Click here to download the application form. (NB: new form to be uploaded in 2024.)

Click here to download our report template 

Application process

Applications will be considered twice a year and must be submitted by the following deadlines (late applications will not be considered):

  • 23:59 31 May
  • 23:59 31 October     

Notification of success or failure will normally be made within 8 weeks following the deadline dates.  Applications must include the following information:

• A summary of the study’s aims and objectives.
• The projected size of the trial/study, i.e. number of patients etc. and its duration.
• The name and position of the study/project leader and names/positions of any other relevant members of the study team and brief CVs (eg 2 sides A4) for each. 
• The hospital/institution where the study is to take place.
• Breakdown of all projected costs.

Judging process

All applications submitted by the due date will be circulated to The Urology Foundation’s Scientific & Education Committee for consideration.  The following criteria will be taken into account:

• The study aims and the quality of the proposal.
• The likelihood of the study findings being easily disseminated and where relevant, any changes to practise made as a result.
• The reputation of the institution where the study is to be conducted and those of the study’s leading personnel. (Do the proposed supervisors have a track record of success in research publication and development of trainees who have achieved academic success?)
• How closely the study relates to The Urology Foundation’s own strategic priorities

N.B. If you have received a TUF grant before, please click here to make sure you are eligible to apply again.

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