Research and Development

As part of our drive to build our knowledge of what best practice in resuscitation means, Resuscitation Council UK funds and supports resuscitation research projects across the UK.

For decades we’ve been providing financial and practical support for resuscitation-related research projects that aim to shape what we know about resuscitation. Every year, we offer research and development grants to individuals who are looking to discover new things in various resuscitation topics, including AED use and in-hospital cardiac arrest.

2020/21 COVID-19 specific resuscitation research funding - now closed

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Resuscitation Council UK is firmly committed to supporting cutting-edge research and, in an additional call for applications, is now seeking to fund specific COVID-19 related research that will further understanding of the effect of the pandemic on our resuscitation community.

Whether your COVID-19 research proposal is on basic science, practice-based research evaluation or attitudinal insights, we are interested in receiving your application.

We are encouraging applications from any individuals working in the NHS or a social care organisation, a university department, professional organisation or charity who have robust and well-designed study proposals that will further understanding of COVID and resuscitation. Applicants should have a credible track record of conducting such research projects or be working under appropriate supervision.

It’s important to us that the researchers we fund reflect our diverse resuscitation community, and we both welcome and encourage applications from underrepresented groups.

Applications closed at 17:00 on Wednesday 6 January 2021.

Applications received after this date will not be accepted.

For full details and criteria please refer to the Guidance notes when completing your form. All applications are reviewed following a robust research evaluation process.

We expect to inform applicants of the outcome by the end of March 2021. For general research enquiries please email:

2020 Research and Development Grant - now closed

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The application period for 2020 Research and Development Grants has now ended. We are looking to support research projects that focus on resuscitation topics and will expand our community’s knowledge base.

Eligible applicants will be individuals working in the NHS or a university department within the United Kingdom, who hold qualifications appropriate to their grade. These individuals should be in professionals allied to medicine and should have a credible track record of conducting such research projects or be working under appropriate supervision.

Applications for 2020 closed on 31 May 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be informed in August 2020, and the final decision on funding will be made in December 2020.  

For more information on our research grant criteria and process, please download and read our Research 2020 Guidance

If you have any research related enquiries, please get in touch by sending an email to