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

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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 2022 onwards, and unfortunately retrospective applications for projects that have already been carried out cannot be considered.

Details of the awards available in 2022 can be found below.

Nuffield Fund

To fund research, teaching and lecturing expenses connected with the promotion of the art and science of anaesthesia.
Value: up to £2,000

Foundation Fund

To fund lectureships, research grants and fellowships related to anaesthesia
Value: up to £5,000


  • 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 RCoA 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. Please also email if you have any queries about these grants.

 RCoA Small Grants Application Form 2022.docx (115 KB)

Application closing date: 5pm, Friday 9 September 2022

How-To Guide

Dr Felicity Plaat, who is the current chair of the NIAA Small Grants Subcommittee review panel, wrote the article NIAA Small Grants: A How-To Guide for the RCoA Bulletin as a helpful aid for applicants. You can read the guide here.

Previous Awards

Click here for information on previously successful applicants.