Funding Opportunities

The Research Environment and Development team is here to support research activity at Staffordshire University, including:

  • the acquisition of funding to support research activity;
  • the administrative duties associated with our postgraduate research (PGR) community (through the Graduate School); and
  • support for research policy and governance activities.

Support for research funding

The Research Environment and Development Team is here to help Staffordshire University and our partners access a range of funding opportunities to support our research activity. With responsibility for the oversight of all grant applications submitted by Staffordshire University, we promote funding opportunities, provide bid writing support and manage the internal approvals and peer review system.

Should you be interested in developing a research or knowledge exchange bid, please contact

Need to know information for university staff

Planning to develop research?

We work with colleagues across the university to identify funding opportunities and bring together interdisciplinary groups of researchers with common interests.

Looking for funding?

We subscribe to Research Professional, a database of funding opportunities. You can access and set up your personalised alerts. We also disseminate funding information and provide training in applying for grants.

Starting to develop your bid?

Contact us at and we will support you through the internal project approval process. This process is designed to ensure that the university can resource all bids submitted. The teams also acts as the institutional approver for online submission of research grant applications to RCUK, Wellcome Trust, British Academy, Royal Society, etc. Therefore, please inform us of your intention to submit a bid as soon as possible to ensure we can meet your bid deadline.

Looking for help in developing a successful bid application?

The Research Environment and Development Team will help you to write and develop your funding bid and the associated costings using our extensive bid writing experience and links with funding bodies and potential project partners. Your chances of success will also be improved by support through our internal peer review system, providing you with critical feedback on your proposal to help shape the aims and objectives of your proposal.

We keep a central database of all bids submitted in order to monitor our research grant activity. This information can help to inform you of our track record with particular funders and identify colleagues who are also interested in the same funding stream or research area.

What funding is available?

University staff can access our information through IRIS.

Training and development

Research, Innovation and Impact Services (RIIS) run a comprehensive Research Training Programme for university staff, delivered by internal and external colleagues. These events, along with our annual Staff Research Conference, offer a great opportunity to meet the team and a variety of academic colleagues from across the university. Details of the programme are available here. Should you have a particular developmental need that isn’t covered by the programme or have experience that you would like to share with other colleagues, please contact us at as we are always keen to add new events to our programme.

This programme is supplemented by the Graduate School training programme for PGR students and their supervisors.


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Call 01782 294966 or email

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