Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) Research, Education and Travel Grants

The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia has several small grants funded by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for the purpose of supporting research, education or travel connected with the study of anaesthesia. Priority will be given to educational projects, the presentation of original work or the provision of education to developing countries.

Please note that the assessment process can take up to three months from the deadline. Applications should be submitted for travel or projects that will be taking place from December 2018 onwards, and unfortunately retrospective applications cannot be considered.

Details of the awards available in 2018 can be found below.

Ernest Leach Research Fund

This fund was established in June 2011 to be utilised for the purposes of research.
Value: up to £2,500 per grant

Sargant Fund

For education and research purposes.
Value: up to £2,500 per grant

Belfast Fund

To fund grants for educational purposes.
Value: up to £600 per grant


  • All RCoA members & fellows in good standing, and registered trainees, are eligible to apply for the above grants.
  • The NIAA regrets that applications for funding towards registration for higher degrees or college course fees will not be considered.
  • The project description (or an extract) from successful applications will be uploaded to the NIAA website.

Assessment Criteria

  • Click here to view the assessment criteria for these grants.

  • We are pleased to note that studies funded through the RCoA Research, Education and Travel Grants stream have been approved for adoption on to the NIHR Portfolio and are eligible for support from NIHR CLRNs. Please click here for more information.

How To Apply

Please download a copy of the application form below, and submit the completed form along with a copy of your CV by email to the NIAA Coordinator, Ms Pamela Hines, by the stated closing date. It is no longer required to submit a hard copy application form in the post. Please also email if you have any queries about these grants.

Application closing date: 5pm, Friday 7 September 2018

Previous Awards

Click here for information on previously successful applicants.