The grant, which was co-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council Wales (HEFCW), has been awarded to Research Capacity Building Collaboration Wales (RCBC Wales), a programme run by a consortium of Welsh higher education institutions. It will allocate the money to individual researchers.
Announcing the grant, health minister for Wales Edwina Hart said: ‘Enabling health professionals to undertake research into major health conditions will both further understanding of such conditions and improve patient care.’
This is the second grant given to RCBC Wales, which received £680,000 in 2005.
The organisation used the initial grant to award 11 research fellowships. These included studies into COPD, Parkinson’s disease, kidney transplant rejection and discharge planning.
The new grant will fund research on optimising health through prevention and early intervention, management of chronic conditions, integrated management of complex care, and service organisation and delivery.
Donna Mead, dean of the faculty of health, sport and science at the University of Glamorgan, which coordinates RCBC Wales, said: ‘The announcement of this additional funding illustrates the importance which the Welsh Assembly Government and HEFCW places on ensuring that there are sufficient numbers of nurses who are trained in research.
‘Individuals from these professions provide the largest amount of healthcare and it is absolutely essential that the evidence base exists to underpin the services which they provide.’