UK funding

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In the UK there's a wealth of different funders that could support your research. We have research councils funded by the Government and split into different disciplines, charities that operate in specialist areas, hospitals and health bodies, and local government.

To help you to narrow down a funder, we've published five funding guides aimed at individual faculties. We've also listed opportunities by type, and by discipline or area of expertise.

Research funding guides

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Research opportunities by type

Find out more about the different types of funding available in the UK, from small and large grants, to fellowships, bursaries and more.

Funding opportunities by discipline or area of expertise

Read about charities, associations and academies in the UK that have a budget for research, often in very specific areas.

Support in ARU

Getting started can be difficult, but we have several to make the process easier. 

If you're thinking of applying for European research funding, our EU Preparatory Visits Scheme may be for you. You can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to meet prospective partners helping you to put together a full bid to the European Commission.

If you're working on a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship application, you can apply for a grant up to £750 to invite the prospective fellow to come to visit you and work on the proposal.

Meanwhile, if you're interested in applying for UK research funding, Enterprising Academics may be for you. Supporting researchers by providing up to £5,000 essential pump priming, it will help you to develop a pilot project which you then use as a basis for a larger bid.

Please contact us if you're interested in applying for research funding. We're here to help.