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Getting Your Research Funded

Few academics have the freedom to conduct their research without some external financial support.  Even those whose research does not require expensive equipment or extensive trips overseas need to pay for resources to release them from their teaching and administrative duties or to pay for students or post doctoral research staff in order to get their research done.  Research can be funded from many different sources, the most obvious being the Research Councils, charities and the EU.  However, it is important to be aware of all the sources available as funding schemes can be very competitive.  Your School Research Administrator (or equivalent) will be able to advise you about the many different sources available. 

Competition for research funding is fierce, so it is crucial that you develop the necessary skills for acquiring it.  Approaches to obtaining funding will differ by discipline.  For example, in the sciences, having some pilot data puts an applicant in a strong position, whereas in some humanities subjects research is almost certain to be funded if there is a book contract in place.   It is important to prepare an excellent application in order to have any chance of securing funding.  Funding is finite, however, and excellent applications still get turned down.  It is important, therefore, that the amount of time you spend on a proposal is proportionate to the amount of money you are applying for and the likelihood of success.  Set yourself a deadline for preparing your application and try to stick to it.

This section of the web site provides advice about seeking and obtaining funding for your research including a check list for producing a grant application.

  • Funding Scheme and Body
  • Your Research Project
  • Grant Application
  • Future Applications