Find Funding For Your Research

When planning which organisations you might apply to for funding, you should consider:

    • What 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
When you want to apply and 
    plan proposal writing to ensure that you meet deadlines 
  • Understand what funding bodies are looking for
  • Whether you have a preferred funder such as the Medical Research Council (MRC) or the British Academy
  • Whether the work would build on existing grants
  • Discuss your ideas with colleagues
  • Discuss your funding strategy with your Research and Business Development Manager
  • 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 and build your network of contacts for collaborative opportunities.

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Click on the links below to access the latest funding opportunities.

For industrial funding – make initial contacts with those that you already have and any companies that you know of in your speciality field.  Also, speak to your Research and Business Development Manager who can initiate this for you.

For useful information regarding Horizon 2020, click here.


Funding Table
Category Source Subject
Research Councils

Research Councils (RCUK)

A strategic partnership of 7 UK Research Councils
  Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences
Medical Research Council
Medical Research
  Science and Technology Facilities Council
Science and Technology
  Arts and Humanities Research Council
Arts and Humanities
  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Economic and Social Research Council
Economic and Social Research
Natural Environment Research Council
Natural Environment Research
UK Government

DEFRA (Department for Food and Rural Affairs)

Agriculture & Food, Energy, Environmental, Natural Resources, Human Welfare
(Department for International Development)
Agriculture & Food, Climate & Environment, Medical Research, Water & Sanitation 
(Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Prosperity Fund
Climate, Energy, Security
  UK Space Agency Space Science
  NIHR (National Institute for Health research) NHS, Social Care and Public Health
  Innovate UK Business Innovation
  Newton Fund Science and Innovation Partnerships
UK Higher Education  Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Teaching and Research
Europe European Research Council (ERC) Any Subject
  Horizon 2020 (Including European Research Area (ERA) Chair Funding) Science and R&D, Industrial Leadership, Societal Challenges
  UKRO UK advice on EU Funding
  Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) Innovation and Technology
  European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Innovation and Technology
  Marie Curie Actions Any Subject
(European Coorperation in Science and Technology)
Science and Technology
  The Structural and Cohesion Funds (within the Cohesion Policy) Human Health
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
  James S McDonell Foundation Science, Computing, Mathematics
National Academies The Royal Society Science, Engineering,Medicine (excludes clinical medicine)
  The British Academy Humanities, Social Sciences
  Royal Academy of Engineering Engineering
  The Royal Geographical Society


  Royal Society of Chemistry Chemistry
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

Prizes recognise academic excellence across all subject areas.  

We encourage you to apply.

Here are some examples:

Biological Sciences

The Wellcome Trust Book Prize – An award for the very best books of the year with a medical theme (Winners receive £30 000)

Medical Research Council Max Perutz Award – A scientific writing award aimed at encouraging and recognising outstanding communication among MRC scientists (Winner receives £500 and the article with the best title receives £100)

British Ecological Society's Photographic Prize – An award for the best photograph (Winner receives £750 and the runner-up receives £250)


Biological Sciences, Physics and Engineering

The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize – An award for short articles that address any area of science and would be suitable for publication in the 'Guardian' or the 'Observer' (Winning article will be published and receive £1000)

Royal Society Mercer Prize – An award for those whose research has been commercially exploited for significant wealth generation or societal benefit in the UK (Winners receive a medal, £5000 and a research grant of up to £25,000)

Royal Society Mullard Award – An award for those whose research has potential to make a contribution to national prosperity (Winners receive a medal, £2000 and a travel grant of £1,500)



STFC Physics journalism prize 2013 – An award for a work of journalism that will inspire the next generation of physicists (Winners receive an all-expenses paid visit to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)

STFC European Astronomy Journalism Prize – An award for a work of journalism covering astronomy and related areas of technology, and the work and related lifestyles of astronomers, engineers or other people working in astronomy (Winners are sent to the European Southern Observatory (ESO) facility at Paranal, Chile)



EPSRC Queen Elizabeth Prize – An award for the world’s greatest modern engineering advancement which has had a demonstrable benefit for humanity (Winners receive £1 million)

Royal Academy of Engineering Prizes – Numerous awards for excellence in engineering (Various prizes)


Computer Science

The British Computer Society Lovelace Medal – An award for excellent academic contributions to engineering or computer science (Winners receive a medal)


Earth Sciences

British Academy Grahame Clark Medal – An award for distinguished achievements involving recent contributions to the study of prehistoric archaeology (Winners receive a medal)

British Academy John Coles Medal – An award for distinguished achievements, by any scholar based in Britain and Ireland, in landscape archaeology in any part of the world and in any period (Winners receive a medal)


Royal Geographical Society The Alfred Steers Essay Prize – An award for the best undergraduate dissertation in a UK geography department


British Academy Wiley Prize – An award for excellence in psychology research (Winners receive £5,000)



Wolfson History Prize – An award for a published work in the writing of history for the general public (Winners receive £25,000)



British Academy Wiley Prize in Economics – An award for achievement in research by an outstanding early career economist (Winners receive £5,000)

ESRC Impact Prize – An award for ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic and/or societal impacts (Winners receive £10,000 and the academic department also receives £10,000)



British Academy Brian Barry Prize – An award for an un-published outstanding essay (Winners receive £2,500 and the article will be published in the British Journal of Political Science)

British Academy Peter Townsend Policy Press Prize – An award for outstanding sociology work with policy relevance (Winner of the prize receives £2,000)


Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures

British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize – An award given to a woman for historical or critical work on any subject connected with English Literature (Winners receive a medal)

British Aademy Sir Israel Gollancz Prize – An award for a published work of sufficient value on subjects connected with Anglo-Saxon, Early English Language and Literature, English Philology, or the History of English Language (Winners receive a medal)

British Academy Serena Medal – An award for the furtherance of the study of Italian history, literature, art or economics (Winners receive a medal)

British Academy Edward Ullendorff Medal – An award for scholarly distinction and achievements in the field of Semitic Languages or Ethiopian Studies (Winners receive a medal)

British Academy Burkitt Medal – An award for those who deliver a special service to Hebrew Bible studies or in New Testament studies (Winners receive a medal)

British Academy Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize – An award for apiece of writing published within the last five years showing academic achievement in transcultural understanding (Winners receive £25,000)

British Academy Medals – An award for outstanding academic achievement in any of the humanities and social science disciplines supported by the British Academy (Winners receive a medal)

British Academy President's Medal – An award for those who deliver signal service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences (Winners receive a medal)

Leverhulme Medal and Prize – An award for a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in a field within the humanities and social sciences (Winners receive a medal)



British Academy Derek Allen Prize – An award for an outstanding published work in musicology, numismatics, and Celtic studies (Winners receive a medal)



British Academy Kenyon Medal – An award for an author of work relating to classical studies and archaeology (Winners receive a medal)

Research and Enterprise department can help you find funding and prepare your application.  

We can assist with Research Funding Strategies:

  • Identifying new funders
  • Identifying funding criteria and funders requirements 
  • Assistance with non-technical aspects of grant applications 
  • Approaching lesser known sources of funding
  • Building a research consortium
  • Calculating the costs of the project
  • Calculating the price for the work
  • Collaborating with industrial funders and partners

EnterpriseCentreexteriorContact your Research and Business Development Manager to discuss your research proposal.

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