There are a vast number of funding opportunities available to researchers and a few of these are listed below.

The easiest and quickest way to search funding opportunities is to use Research Connect.

RIS provide foresight of different funding environments, identify priority calls and align and support cross-institutional funding. For more information please get in touch.

Research Connect

Research Connect is an online database tool that allows you to search a comprehensive database of research opportunities from UK and international funders.

Use Research Connect to:

  • Search thousands of funding opportunities across the globe
  • Create bespoke searches (based on your discipline/activity/location/academic needs)
  • Set up email alerts for your bespoke searches (weekly, bi-monthly etc.)

Reasons to use Research Connect

  1. It saves time: a few hours spent setting up bespoke searches and email alerts can save you endless amounts of time trawling the web for research opportunities.
  2. It is up to date: it only displays/disseminates available opportunities.
  3. It serves all levels of academic needs: from undergraduate to senior career researcher opportunities.
  4. It gives you the information you need: advanced search capabilities make it easy to tailor your searches to your research needs and interests.
  5. It does the work for you: once your bespoke searches and alerts are set up, you no longer need to spend time searching for research and funding opportunities.
  6. It filters searches for you: by funding amount; funding type (e.g. grant or fellowship); funding source (e.g. Research Councils, Government and Research Societies); or programme status (i.e. new and future calls, updated and currently open).
  7. It gives you updates: approaching deadlines, new funding calls etc. sent straight to your inbox.

To get started, contact Emma Warbrick who will set up your account – all you need is your email address.

The University also runs regular OPD sessions on Research Connect.  These sessions help you get the best from Research Connect and guide you through the process of setting up effective bespoke searches and email alerts. To benefit from these, or for any other Research Connect queries, please contact Emma Warbrick for more details.

Download user guides:

Contact:  Emma WarbrickResearch Development Officer

Horizon 2020 - funding in 2018-2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s main funding programme for research and innovation. The recently announced funding programme for 2018-2020 is worth €30 billion.

Horizon 2020 contains a number of different funding programmes and mechanisms, and is structured around three pillars: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership, and Societal Challenges. Find out more in RIS's factsheets:

The Proposal Development team in RIS have produced extensive factsheets with information for our researchers, which are all stored in Box:

Horizon 2020 funding: 2018-2020 (overview document)
Apply for funding
Build a consortium
Initiatives, influences and policies

   Pillar 1: Excellent Science

Under Excellent Science, four different schemes are available, largely for bottom-up funding for individual researchers or teams:

European Research Council
Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
Marie Sk?odowska - Curie Actions (MSCA)
Research Infrastructures

   Pillar 2: Industrial Leadership

Under this pillar, funding is available for the so-called Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), including:

Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing

   Pillar 3: Societal Challenges

There are seven societal challenges under Pillar 3:

1. Health, demographic change and wellbeing
2. Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine, and maritime research and the bio-economy
3. Secure, clean and efficient energy
4. Smart, green and integrated transport
5. Climate action, resources and raw materials
6. Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
7. Secure Societies

In principle, a minimum of three legal entities from three EU Member States or Associated Countries must participate in these projects.

See also: Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

View all files in Box:

If you have any further questions, please contact the Proposal Development team in Research and Innovation Services:

Grant DavidsonProposal Development Manager or Jillian Balfour, Proposal Development Officer

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

GCRF is a £1.5bn fund pledged by the UK government to support research which addresses the challenges of low and middle income countries (LMIC). Find out some of the ways our researchers are addressing Global Challenges.

Earlier in 2017 we established a £40k internal fund to support the development of partnerships that could be relevant to the upcoming GCRF funding calls. Ten projects were awarded internal pump-priming funding; read about them on the One Dundee blog:

We held a GCRF workshop in March 2017, bringing together researchers from across the University to discuss the potential to develop collaborations that could address global challenges. Find photos from the workshop below, or visit the shared folder in Box to view presentations and areas of interest: 

Other information on research funding

The British Council’s Euraxess website has links and information on potential funding sources on an international level.

We recommend signing up to newsletters or following Twitter feeds from your preferred funders to receive up to date news and funding opportunities.