Apply for study grants

Are you a nurse dedicated to helping patients with bladder or bowel problems?

Do you want to help patients all over the world and contribute to advancing continence care? If so, you may want to apply for our study grants. 

Wellspect's study grants are one of the ways through which Wellspect encourages evidence-based practice related to bladder and bowel problems. 

With the clinical studies and education-related projects carried out by group members of the European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN) as well as the European Society for Pediatric Urology Nurses (ESPU-N), being important for the development of best practice, Wellspect has connected its study grants to both associations. 

How can a study grant benefit you as a nurse?

A grant will give you the possibility to share expertise in bladder or bowel management and improve patient care. Wellspect can support you with a financial contribution and help you get started.  

As a nurse, most of the work is already done by you in your daily practice. The study doesn’t have to be cumbersome or take up your spare time. 

Types of study grants sponsored by Wellspect

Nurse study grants (EAUN grants)

The European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN) represents approx. 3,000 nurses working in urological care. It is a lively, dynamic organization with the aim of fostering the highest standards of urological nursing care throughout Europe and facilitating the continued development of urological nursing in all its aspects.

Scope of the study grant

The scope of this study grant is related to bladder and bowel management/dysfunction. The study may use qualitative (e.g. data collection through interviews) or quantitative (e.g. data collection through clinical examinations) methods. Any study design proposed will be considered. 

Proposed study areas:

  • General bladder catheterization/transanal irrigation management 
  • Intermittent catheterization – Timing/Introduction/Follow-Up
  • Bladder catheterization management education – for patients or health care professionals 
  • Adherence and compliance to intermittent catheterization/transanal irrigation 
  • Intermittent catheterization/transanal irrigation and compliance to daily life 
  • Hand function and intermittent catheterization – training and product requirements 
  • Self-catheterization vs. assisted catheterization – impact on training and product choice Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections – focus on training and clinical practice 

Former winners of the nurse study grant

  • 2022– Jens Larsson, Norway: Pilot investigation of predictors of enuresis alarm response, non-response or non-adherence. 
  • 2021 – paused due to the pandemic
  • 2020 – paused due to the pandemic
  • 2019 - Malin Nordin, Sweden: Investigating bowel management pathways for SCI patients in the Nordic countries
  • 2018 - Randi Stensgaard and Line Trine Dalsgaard
  • 2017 – Ericaeli Nade, Tanzania
  • 2016 – Bridget Stroebel, South Africa
  • 2015 – Mandira Baniya, Nepal

How to apply for the grant 

The application deadline for next year's research grant prior to EAUN meetings - 1st of July 2023

ESPUN grants

Sharing knowledge and experiences between nurses and other paramedical staff interested in pediatric urology and continence care is the guiding principle of the European Society for Paediatric Urology Nurses (ESPUN). Its ultimate aim is to heighten the quality of care for children suffering from bowel or bladder problems while also supporting nurses in their profession and research.

Scope of the ESPUN study grant

The study grant is open for studies related to bladder and/or bowel management in children and adolescents. Bladder and bowel management could be studied separately. However, additional research on synergies between bladder and bowel management is needed and of special interest. The study or research project may use qualitative or quantitative methods. Any study design or research project proposed by the applicant will be considered.

Former winners of the ESPUN study grant

  • 2021 – paused due to the pandemic
  • 2020 - paused due to the pandemic
  • 2019 - Tinne van Aggelpoel, Belgium: Investigating toilet training in healthy toddlers in Belgium
  • 2018 – Anneli Saarikoski: Voiding school as a treatment of children’s functional incontinence – Evaluation and implementation of the intervention

How to apply for the grant 

  1. Apply first to become an ESPUN member
  2. Fill in the Wellspect contact form and include a synopsis of the project while also selecting grants under subject. 

The deadline for this year's application is May 1, 2023. The winner of the research grant will be announced at the annual EAUN/ESPUN congress.

For additional clarifications and questions in relation to study grants, please complete the same contact form listed for both applications above. Please outline your email and the focus of your inquiry. We will get back to you in due course.