Swansea University Research Grant Enabler


This is a £100,000 internal scheme that will support and advance the University’s research income growth strategy to attain £70m of research income by 2020.  The focus is on large, strategic research funding applications, especially RCUK, EU and the large charities.

SURGE has five key interventions:

Networking / interview preparation Fund - Maximum bid value of £3.5k per applicant to support the costs of travel to meet with existing or new partners to progress a research proposal. This includes preparation for applications at an advanced stage e.g. invited to interview for RCUK or European Research Council Grant.

Strategic Partnership with Grenoble, Travel Grants - Maximum bid value of £3.5k per applicant to progress to fruition a strategic research proposal with Grenoble.

Bid writing support - Maximum bid value of £5k per applicant.  Estimating a minimum of 10 hours bid writing support from external consultants/experts.

Specialist Consultant, Major Projects - Maximum bid value of £5k per applicant.

Seed corn Funding, Proposal Development - Seed corn funding to support bid support that might require a hybrid package of support including travel and bid writing.  Maximum value of £7k per intervention.

For all of the above, the expectation is that in the STEM area, the application for external funding is broadly in the region of £500,000 fEC and over to Swansea and £200,000 fEC for Humanities and Social Sciences. 

In addition, this year we are running a travel fund to foster closer relations between academics and key funders, particularly the Research Councils.

Please speak with your Research Development Officer in the first instance - there will be flexibility to ensure support is directed to the most appropriate projects.

All applications to SURGE must identify a specific call they intend to work towards and result in a competitive proposal to a major funder.

Potential applicants are encouraged to have early conversations about their funding intentions with their hub-based Research Development Officer, Hub Manager, Director of Research and their relevant College/School Pro-Vice-Chancellor:


Science and Engineering – Professor Steve Wilks

Arts Humanities and Law – Professor Martin Stringer

Medicine and Human and Health, School of Management  – Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott


All SURGE submissions will now made via the Awards Management System. In the proposal setup please select Swansea University as the funder and then SURGE as the Scheme. 

Then upload the SURGE application form via the document store.

Please note that all SURGE awards must be spent before the end of June 30th 2017  and we will try process applications as soon as possible.


SURGE Fund Supporting Documentation

SURGE Application form

SURGE Review Guidance