Research funding, news, funding alerts
One of the most effective ways to keep up to date with news or 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 opportunities relevant to you, and you can also keep up to date with research News, Sponsors or Jobs. The search works in 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 many 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 European 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)
Help videos on various aspects of using Research professional available on RP on YouTube
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 the university's subscription to this resource, monthly training sessions are available to all 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.