Starting Well Bulletin

In a new resource, our Starting Well programme aims to bring news of new funding streams to our community.

We will also be highlighting articles of interest.

If you need any further information or want to highlight funding or reading to colleagues, please contact Starting Well Programme Manager Carrie Hunt on

Action Medical Research for Children

The aim of Action Medical Research for Children is to prevent and treat disease and disability by funding vital medical research in hospitals or research institutions across the UK.

The remit focuses on child health to include problems affecting pregnancy, childbirth, babies, children and young people. 

Within child health, they support a broad spectrum of research with the objective of preventing and treating disease and disability.

Please note that the emphasis is on clinical research or research at the interface between clinical and basic science.  

The charity prides itself that research is both innovative and of a high standard as judged by rigorous peer review.

Within the above criteria, it also supports research and development of equipment and techniques to improve diagnosis, therapy and assistive technology (including orthoses, prostheses and aids to daily living) and encourages applications in the field of medical engineering.

Apply for a research grant here

Wellbeing of Women

The charity welcomes research applications from areas across women’s reproductive and gynaecological health that seeks to save lives and improve the health of women, girls and babies.

It usually puts out two different research calls each year but due to COVID-19 the usual schedule will be disrupted in 2021.


The Doctoral Studentships scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health.

They are changing the funding schemes to support a new strategy

A simplified set of funding schemes will be open for applications in summer.

Apply for doctoral funding studentships

Resources/articles which may be of interest

The following two articles might be of interest to colleagues in the Starting Well community:

Midwifery update

The NIHR Nursing & Midwifery Incubator is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Research Design Service it has created a virtual advisory service to help aspiring clinical academic nurses and midwives to advance their research careers.

The service is first being piloted in three regions in England – North WestEast Midlands and the South East.  The pilot will run and be evaluated for about six months before it is rolled out to all other areas of England. Take a look at the pilot.