Finding funding opportunities with Research professional

Many thanks to Andrew Wilkinson from the Research & Contracts Support Office for the whistle-stop tour of Research Professional.

A recording of the session will be available soonresprof.

This service provides a comprehensive database of research funding opportunities in the UK, EU and beyond. It also delivers news on the higher education and research sectors.

If you are on the University campus, Research Professional will automatically recognise your affiliation. You will see an ‘Our Institution’ tab. Here you can access predefined searches for Research Council and Horizon 2020 funding.

Searching for funding opportunities is easy, using keywords. Advanced search allows you to build a search based on:

  • All text
  • Discipline
  • Award type
  • Funder
  • Closing date
  • Award amount

Andrew recommends that you create an account using your Lancaster email address in order to save your own searches and email alert preferences. If you are away from the campus, registering with your University email will link you to the institution’s subscription.

Questions

How comprehensive is it? Does it cover funding from small charities? Yes it is quite comprehensive, and includes even small funding opportunities from professional societies.

How do I know which discipline to search in? You can use a free text search, which will generate suggested discipline keywords. You can also Browse by discipline.

Can I view successful/unsuccessful bids by Lancaster people? You can no longer do that through Research professional as we no longer pay for that particular service.

How can I find out if a Lancaster person has already applied for a particular funding opportunity? You can do that by contacting the RCSO, who can also supply examples of successful funding applications (with the permission of the applicants).

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