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External Funding


In this section:


Funding Team Support for Researchers


The External Funding Team support activities leading to an increase in the research and innovation outputs by supporting academics in obtaining grants and impactful research opportunities.


We provide:

  • Assistance with bid generation and the exploitation of research and innovation
  • Guidance on funding criteria and funders requirements
  • Advice and guidance to academic staff on the costing of applications for external research funds.
  • Assistance with non-technical aspects of grant applications
  • Support to build research consortia e.g. identification of potential partners for EU bids
  • Facilitation of collaboration opportunities with academic and industrial partners

Before starting a funding application:

  • Discuss your funding strategy with your Research & Innovation Manager and/or the Leader European Funding Support
  • Discuss your ideas with colleagues
  • Plan proposal writing to ensure that you meet deadlines
  • Understand what funding bodies are looking for
  • Think about the type of support you are looking for, such as a salary for research assistants, equipment, travel overseas, running a workshop, setting up a large research consortium
  • Form relationships with people you know who might be potential partners or funders - for example in industry, government, voluntary sector organisations, and charities
  • Attend relevant conferences to build your network of contacts for collaborative opportunities

EU Funding


The European Commission provides a range of funding to support research and innovation related activities. For further information on these sources of funding and support available see the EU Funding pages or contact our European funding experts.


Funding Sources


The table below has links to some of the major funding bodies.


To discover other funding opportunities, please create an account on Research Professional. Helpful information on how to use Research Professional can be found here or, contact the RIO Funding Team  who will help you to set up an account.

Category Source Subject
Research Councils Research Councils (RCUK) A strategic partnership of 7 UK Research Councils
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences
Medical Research Council (MRC) Medical Research
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Science and Technology
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Arts and Humanities
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Engineering and Physical Sciences
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Economic and Social Research
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Natural Environment Research
UK Government DEFRA (Department for Food and Rural Affairs) Agriculture & Food, Energy, Environmental, Natural Resources, Human Welfare
DIFD (Department for International Development) Agriculture & Food, Climate & Environment, Medical Research, Water & Sanitation
NIHR (National Institute for Health research) NHS, Social Care and Public Health
Innovate UK Business Innovation
Newton Fund Science and Innovation Partnerships
Associations Association of Medical Research Charities List of 122 charities; Medical Research
Charities The Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research, Medical Humanities, Arts Awards
The Leverhulme Trust Any Subject
The Wolfson Foundation Science & Medicine, Health & Disability, Education, Arts & Humanities
Joseph Rowntree Foundation Poverty, Housing & Ageing in the UK
National Academies The Royal Society Science, Engineering, Medicine (excludes clinical medicine)
The British Academy Humanities, Social Sciences
Royal Academy of Engineering Engineering
The Royal Society of Edinburgh A range of disciplines
Other National Institutes of Health US Medical Research
JISC Digital Technology
National Science Foundation Biological, Physical, Computer, Social Economic, Environmental sciences, Engineering, Education and Human Resources
Digital R&D Funds for the Arts Digital Technology, Business Models
The National Lottery UK Any Subject
The National Science Foundation Social, Behavioural, Economic, Physical and Biological Sciences
Higher Education Academy (Scotland) Pedagogy