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 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
- 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.
- It is up to date: it only displays/disseminates available opportunities.
- It serves all levels of academic needs: from undergraduate to senior career researcher opportunities.
- It gives you the information you need: advanced search capabilities make it easy to tailor your searches to your research needs and interests.
- 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.
- 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).
- It gives you updates: approaching deadlines, new funding calls etc. sent straight to your inbox.
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.
For more information or to set up your RESEARCHconnect account, contact:
Research Development Officere.email@example.com
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.
- Global Challenges Research Fund Strengthens Development-Related Research Portfolio
- A stratified approach to diabetes in India
- Displaced communities youth transitions and social cash transfers in Africa and the Middle East
- Child trauma recovery in war-torn contexts
- Disaster risk management - tunnels and seismic movement
- Sustainable water management in Peninsular India
- Synthesis and analytical aspects of new psychoactive substances
- Plant sciences and food security
Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Development ManagerAlastair 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.
- Find out more - visit Industrial Strategy (University of Dundee internal page)
Business Development Manager (Industrial Strategy)Orla Kelly
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:
Pillar 1: Excellent Science
Under Excellent Science, four different schemes are available, largely for bottom-up funding for individual researchers or teams:
Pillar 2: Industrial Leadership
Under this pillar, funding is available for the so-called Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), including:
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.
View all files in Box:
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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