Research Funding Observatory

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The Research Funding Observatory is a formalised series of focused, targeted events and seminars for academic and research staff at ARU, underpinned by bursaries, to support you on the path to success.

Led by Research Services, the planned programme of events and support will utilise the expertise of the academic community, and those outside of it, to develop research ideas and potential, to offer insights and support on applying for and winning research funding, as well as contributing to world class research and its impact. The RFO is coded and built around thematic strands:

  • Discover: Events, seminars and tools to learn about resources available at ARU
  • Explore: Activities designed to put ARU resources in practice and find ways in which they can work for you.
  • Succeed: Seminars, events, and resources around best practice on award management, tips, reusing and resubmitting bids.

We already offer you a strong level of support if you want to apply for research funding but by providing a centralised staff training and support programme we can:

  • develop our research activities and culture and change the current responsive bidding patterns together
  • we can grow our pool of research applicants
  • we can help you find others to work with or learn from
  • we can give you the opportunity to network with others in and outside of your areas of expertise, helping you to build teams and apply for collaborative funds.

All of this will lead to higher quality applications and greater success.

The RFO is aimed at academic and research staff, but we anticipate that postgraduate research students, especially those enrolled on an MPhil/PhD, could be interested in attending some of the events and seminars and are welcome to contact us for availability

To find out more and book on an event or seminar please visit UK Funding Observatory

Our Research Services Team holds conferences and organises training and workshops. We've also introduced funding streams to support our researchers.

Research conferences

Our conferences give you the opportunity to present your research and network with colleagues in other departments, faculties and institutes.

Our annual Research Conference 2017 will be hosted by Michael Millan, Director of Research and Innovation Development Office and will feature guest speakers Phil Baty, from the Times Higher, and Vivienne Stern from Universities UK International, as well as presentations from Vice Chancellor Professor Iain Martin and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Roderick Watkins.

Over the course of the day we will explore the key issues and questions shaping our next Research Strategy, focusing on both internal and external factors affecting our research now and over the next five years.

The day will be a combination of presentations and interactive sessions with opportunities for you to contribute directly to areas of discussion. Further details on the agenda will be provided nearer the time.

Coaches will be available for those travelling from Cambridge and lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Tickets are free and available to book at Annual Research Conference 2017

We also held successful research conferences in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Our Conference in 2015 did not offer a brochure but focused on Excellence in Research and featured Keynote speakers from the AHRC and Keele University.

The next annual conference will be held in January 2017.