One of the most effective way to keep up to date with funding opportunities in your research area is by regularly checking, or setting up personal alerts based on your area of interest, on Research Professional. The Research Office subscribes to this web-based database on behalf of UHI researchers - it allows you to search for research funding and opportunities relevant to you, and you can also keep up to date with research News, Sponsors or Jobs. The search works in much the same way as a search engine; once a phrase is entered results are displayed in order of relevance.
You are able to add your own specialist search terms and completely customize your account according to your particular interests, from very small funds within a particular area to programmes from the likes of ESPRC, RCUK Wellcome and so on. It is a fantastic resource and used by all Universities across the UK and Europe to varying degrees - if you have not created a profile for yourself follow the link above to quickly register. If you are having any difficulty then please contact the system administrator for UHI - firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have set up your own personalised alerts you will receive weekly emails from Research Professional with information about funding opportunities within your research area.
There are numerous sources of research funding; from research councils, charities, the government and the Europe Union. The most critical aspects to contemplate when looking for research funding are to ensure the research idea is in keeping with the funders remit and that you match their eligibility criteria.
A guide for UHI researchers new to the resource is available HERE (pdf document)
Activate using your UHI network logon to sign in to Research Professional: use this pdf guide.
Free training sessions on use of Research Professional
As part of UHI's subscription to this resource, monthly training sessions are available to all UHI research staff, even if you have attended before and want to brush up on certain aspects of the service. You can view these demonstrations from your own PC, can choose to receive sound either via your computer's mic and speakers, or by phoning in to a voice conference. Each session will provide an introduction to the Research Professional platform, demonstrate how to locate funding opportunities which match your interests and show you how to set up email alerts to keep you informed of new developments. Upcoming dates for these sessions are listed on the front page of Research Professional (after login) or on the research section of the university intranet.
External Funding for research
The UK Higher Education International Unit
This site features the latest information on funding under a wide range of EU programmes, British Council calls and Newton Fund calls, with details on opportunities for UK HEIs, case studies of successful projects and issues a monthly bulletin on Higher Education funding. See UK HEIU website for the constantly updated list of funding calls.
- Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
- Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
- Medical Research Council (MRC)
- Wellcome Trust
You may also want to do a search on the web for scholarships in your field. Be aware that web sites can be out of date, so make sure that you check dates carefully to avoid disappointment.
Overseas students may find information on available funding on the British Council.
Remember there are also alternative sources of funding such as;
- Research or teaching assistantship
- Part-time work
- Charities, trusts and other sources
Applying for Funding
The UHI Grants and Contract Office
Making applications for research funding often can be a complex business depending on the particular circumstances. The Grants & Contracts Office is tasked with, and has a lot of expertise in, steering applicants through the necessary processes and supporting the submission of quality funding applications. Please visit the Grants and Contract Office page for full information on the role of the GCO and, in particular, “Funding Proposal Support” section of the Grants and Contracts Office page if you are considering making a funding application through the university.