Research grants open for nurses and midwives ‘at the bedside’

Frontline nurses and midwives are being encouraged to apply for research grants that will enable them to advance the care they provide.

The second round of the Rosemary Bryant Foundation innovative grants program is offering $55,000 to nurses and midwives ‘at the bedside’.

The Australian charity, dedicated to nursing and midwifery research, aims to improve nursing and midwifery care and develop the next generation of nursing and midwifery researchers.

“Our grant program is unique because we want to hear from the people who are at the bedside, in the emergency department, in the labour ward and out in the community – they are the people best positioned to identify ways to improve nursing and midwifery care,” the Foundation’s namesake Dr Rosemary Bryant said.

Australia’s first Commonwealth Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer Dr Bryant said the grants would enable nurses and midwives to explore “untapped opportunities” to improving care.

“These grants have a specific focus on research topics that may not have been previously investigated.

The funding also aims to foster early career researchers as well as nurses and midwives who may be new to research.”

ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler welcomed the announcement for further funding of nursing and midwifery research.

Nurses and midwives have the ability to make a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of the community, she said.

“Nurses and midwives account for the greatest proportion of the nation’s healthcare workforce. They are a powerful group of well-educated professionals who can and do make a significant contribution to the research community.”

The four Rosemary Bryant Foundation research grants have a total value of $55,000 and are open to applications until 4 October 2019.

For more information, or to apply visit www.rbf.org.au or email info@rbf.org.au

This article was originally published on The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal (ANMJ) at www.anmj.org.au/ on 13/8/19 by By ANMJ Staff.