Research Professional - is an online database of funding opportunities. Access to this is provided by the Dept. of Research & Innovation. The database is international in coverage, but results are screened for UK applicants. To access this resource off campus, you need first to set up a personal account whilst you are on campus. The username & password you create will then give you access to the database off campus, and will also allow you to create alerts to notify you of relevant research funding opportunities.

Research Fortnight is available online or in print from the Library. It contains listings of the latest funding opportunities with deadlines over the following two months. It brings together advertisements for research jobs, and contains news and analysis on research policy developments.

UKRO Website & Information Services provides access to EU funding information. The Dept. of Research & Innovation have subscribed to this service. By registering with UKRO, you can tailor the service to your need and receive email alerts appropriate to your requirements. 

National Institute for Health Research This NHS body funds research in Efficacy & Mechanism Evaluation, Health Services & Delivery, Health Technology Assessment, and Public Health Research. Details of these research programmes and funding opportunities can be found on the site.

EURAXESS Funding Search lets you search for international funding opportunities, including travel to conferences, organising meetings, short research visits, fellowships etc.

RCUK and the individual Research Councils have websites where you can view current funding opportunities.

  • AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
  • BBSRC (Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council)
  • EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council)
  • MRC (Medical Research Council)
  • NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
  • STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council)

HEFCW provide funding to support the basic infrastructure that supports academic research and complements the funding provided by the Research Councils.

Having identified possible sources of funding, the next step is to produce a winnning application. The Research, Engagement and Innovation Services department has officers who can provide pre-award support by advising on the preparation of applications for research funding and costing.

If you are a new researcher or doing a PhD, VITAE have useful tips and advice for finding and applying for funding through small grant schemes, fellowship programmes, and bursaries to attend conferences.