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Funding

Grant applications

The Research and Innovation Team will help you to identify and apply for funding for your research proposal.

Here are some general guidelines on how to prepare a grant application.

How to prepare a proposal

The main steps in preparing a grant application are:

  1. Identify suitable funders or research funding calls that may meet your needs
  2. Check the funder's guidance notes
  3. Develop your research proposal and establish the resources that will be needed to deliver it
  4. Cost your proposal as accurately as you can. There are a range of guidelines to help you identify and estimate the costs of the different elements that will be needed including staff, equipment, consumables and recruiting participants into your trial
  5. Complete the application form
  6. Request Research and Innovation approval to submit your application
  7. Submit your application to funder

Writing a grant application is a major undertaking. You are entering a fierce competition for funding, and it’s crucial to submit a strong proposal first time round since many funders do not accept resubmissions.

We will support you with technical and practical help to ensure your application meets all of the requirements.

Funding bodies

Here are just some of the funding bodies that you might want to consider:

  • Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is the national membership organisation for medical and health research charities. AMRC members support over one-third of all UK publicly-funded medical research in the UK, with members investing over £1.2 billion in health research in the UK in 2012.
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) funds research through a range of grants, calls, highlight notices, studentships and fellowships.
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the largest funder of clinical research in the UK and provides the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive.
  • UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) many different organisations fund health research in the UK. The UKCRC has developed a coherent approach to health research funding by providing a forum to coordinate the activities of funding bodies and by developing an evidence base to inform strategic planning.
  • UK Research Office (UKRO) is the European office of the UK Research Councils. Activities include providing details on European Commission funding opportunities.