We have resources in place to help you navigate the complex funding environment.

RESEARCHconnect is one of the easiest ways to search funding opportunities, while Research and Innovation Services can provide foresight of different funding environments, identify priority calls, and align and support cross-institutional funding.

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 RESEARCHconnect 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.

Get started

To get started, contact Emma Warbrick in RIS who will set up your account – all you need is your @dundee.ac.uk email address.

The University also runs regular OPD sessions on RESEARCHconnect.  These sessions help you get the most from RESEARCHconnect and guide you through the process of setting up effective bespoke searches and email alerts.

User Guides


For more information or to set up your RESEARCHconnect account, contact:

Emma Warbrick

Research Development Officer


Major funding schemes

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).<\p>

Below are some examples of the excellent transformative research taking place in Dundee and with research partners globally to address known Global Challenges. We are working towards sustainable health and wellbeing for all, to promote peace, justice, and humanitarian action worldwide.


Alastair Strickland

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Development Manager

Alastair Strickland

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)

The UK's Industrial Strategy aims to transform our future by investing in skills, industries and infrastructure.

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) is a core pillar in the government's commitment to increase funding in research and development by £4.7 billion over 4 years to strengthen UK science and business.

Partnership Development Fund

  • £30k (up to £5k per project) internal competition to support the development of collaborative partnerships with industry and other partners
  • The fund aims to identify priority areas and help build capacity in preparation for future ISCF bids and related opportunities
  • Deadline 12th August 2019
  • More details in Box: uod.box.com/v/RIS-ISCF-Partnership-Fund


Orla Kelly

Industrial Strategy Manager

Orla Kelly

Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF)

The Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme aims to help the next generation of researchers, tech entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovators get the support they need to develop their careers. The Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. The investment will provide four years (full time equivalent) of funding for early-career researchers and innovators, including support for part-time awards and career-breaks, providing flexibility to researchers to tackle ambitious and challenging research questions

The Fellowships are highly competitive, and as such RIS are managing potential applications, and candidates must have the strong support of their School. For more details, contact the Proposal Development Team in RIS.


Jillian Balfour

Proposal Development Officer

Jillian Balfour

Grant Davidson

Proposal Development Manager

Grant Davidson

Strength in Places Fund (SIPF)

Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) is a competitive funding scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant local economic growth.

The UK Government announced the Strength in Places Fund in the Industrial Strategy White Paper, published in November 2017, recognising that large regional disparities need to be addressed in order for there to be prosperous communities across the UK. The White Paper highlighted the important role science, research, innovation and skills provision play in driving productivity and economic growth throughout the regions and nations of the UK.

SIPF Wave 1

Proposals which received seed-corn funding from the Wave 1 of the SIPF can be found here.

SIPF Wave 2

Wave 2 is a two stage call beginning with a request for expressions of interest by 9th October 2019. The strongest applications will be awarded seed-corn funding of £50k to develop full stage proposals for funding between £10m and, exceptionally, £50m.

Projects will be led by either a research organisation or a business, with consortia including both research organisation and business partners. Successful projects will undertake a flexible range of research and innovation interventions that will have a demonstrable impact on local economic growth.

The University, in partnership with local and regional academic and industry partners, will take a strategic view on our opportunities to best leverage this funding and will make an institutional decision to provide resource and support to the strongest potential bid(s). For more details, please contact RIS.


Grant Davidson

Proposal Development Manager

Grant Davidson

Horizon 2020 - funding in 2018-2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU's main funding programme for research and innovation. The 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
  • Societal Challenges

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:


For more information, please contact the Proposal Development team in RIS:

Grant Davidson

Proposal Development Manager

Grant Davidson

Jillian Balfour

Proposal Development Officer

Jillian Balfour

Successful Application Examples

It can be difficult to gauge how to present your proposal and where to include all of the constituent parts, particularly when applying for research funding or to a new funder for the first time.

We’ve compiled a repository of successful research applications to give you a sense of what to include in an application and how to structure.  This can be found here.

Please note that these application examples are confidential and should not be shared outwith the University of Dundee.

If you are interested in a scheme/funder that isn’t included (or if you would like your own successful application to be used as an example) please contact RIS / Jillian Balfour.

Write it Right

Grant writing support sessions
13:00 - 15:00
First Wednesday of every month
EduZone, Library and Learning Centre

Organised by Research and Innovation Services (RIS), these lunchtime support sessions aim to help participants to develop their grant writing skills. They are mainly aimed at early career researchers and those coming back to grant writing after a break, but all are welcome. The approach will be based on the Andrew Derrington method, in which 10 key sentences are used as the basis for a proposal. The emphasis in these sessions is on peer-to-peer support to help develop ideas, with a focus on writing some of these key sentences. Bring your own proposals along to the session and you will have the chance to review and comment on each other’s applications. This could be a partly written grant or fellowship application, or even just an idea.

These will be drop-in sessions, so there is no need to register – please just turn up with your lunch and some good ideas. Staff from the Research Development Team in RIS will be there to help.

Contact Emma Warbrick for more information.

Other information on research funding

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

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