The British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) invites its members to apply for grants (up to £500) and scholarships (up to £2000) for attendance at conferences, practice development and research. The aim of the awards is to enhance skills, knowledge and competence in critical care nursing to improve patient care and outcomes. These awards are offered three times each year in March, July and November Applicants will be expected to demonstrate how their proposal will enhance their own practice so as to improve patient care and outcomes.
Successful applicants of grants (up to £500) will be expected to submit a 500 word article to Nursing in Critical Care News section. Scholarship applicants (up to £2000) will be expected to submit a full article to Nursing in Critical Care for peer review, or an abstract for oral presentation at the National BACCN conference (conference registration, accommodation and travel expenses to be met by the applicant) during the year following their successful application.
Timescale & Information About The Funding
The closing date for applications is 31st March, 30th July, and the 30th November each year. If you would like your application acknowledged when it is received, please confirm this in your email. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in writing within 6 weeks of the closing date.
Applicants may apply for any amount up to £500 for a grant, and £2000 for a scholarship. Recipients of awards will be required to submit invoices and/or receipts pertaining to the expenditure in order to receive payment.
How To Apply
There is an online application form split into 5 parts -
- Award details.
- Name, address, etc.
- Proposal text (see below)
We regret we are unable to accept hard copy applications.
Proposal text please write a proposal of no more than 500 words. This should be typed and double-spaced without your name on as applications are anonymised for judging. It must be in MS Word - .doc, Rich text - .rtf or Adobe - .pdf form.
You should aim to demonstrate how your proposed grant/scholarship will:
- have a positive impact on clinical practice
- improve the patient experience
- contribute to personal and professional development
- advance the art and science of critical care nursing
PLEASE NOTE: Applications that do not meet the stated terms and conditions, including the closing date, will not be accepted. Applications can not be accepted for degree courses, post graduate study or salaries.
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Terms & Conditions
- Applicants should be BACCN members for the duration of the grant/scholarship
- Applications can only be accepted by the same individual once per year
- Funded activity must be undertaken within 12 months of the award – applications cannot be made retrospectively
- BACCN reserve the right to disqualify any applications that do not meet the criteria outlined in the guidelines for submission of an application outlined above. Please ensure your read the guidelines properly before submitting your application.
- Applications will not be considered for degree courses, post graduate study or salaries.
- Applicants must notify the BACCN and return funds in the event of either receiving funding elsewhere for the same activity, not completing the activity for which funds were allocated or not using the full funds for the activity agreed.
- Applicants accept their applications may be used for publicity purposes in the BACCN journal and website
- A total of £500 (grants) £2000 (scholarships) per term is available. BACCN does not guarantee to allocate the full £500 and £2000 to any one applicant or to necessarily grant the full sum requested - depending on the number of successful applicants in any one period BACCN reserve the right to split the fund as appropriate.
- A panel appointed by BACCN will undertake judging, BACCN reserve the right to appoint panel members as required. Applicants should note that applications are marked doubleblind (i.e. forms are anonymised and assessed by at least two judges) and the decision of the judges is final.
- If participating in a scholarship exceeding 6 months in length, agree to provide regular progress reports upon request from BACCN.
- If BACCN funding is obtained to support the presentation of a conference paper or poster, there must be appropriate acknowledgement of the BACCN.
- BACCN strongly advises individuals to take out travel and medical insurance. BACCN cannot accept liability for costs associated with medical or travel emergencies whilst engaged in any activity associated with the award.