Funding Database

Research Professionals funding database enables academics to search for research funding in all disciplines from sponsors in the UK and overseas. The database has an easy-to-use interface and powerful searching and customisation tools.

Staffordshire University subscribes to Research Professional. Use is free for all University members. From any computer within the University network, you can start searching directly by going to

Using the Database

The site has a quick start guide which can get you started on the help page. This can show you how to use the database, set up an account and customise your searches. There is also a video introduction.

Searches can be sorted by sponsor, or by discipline (as broad or specific as you choose), or you can run a multiple search combining various criteria at the same time.

To manage your searches more effectively, you need to open a personal account. This allows you to:

  • use the database from any computer – your office or anywhere else if you are travelling
  • create customised email alerts that will bring funding opportunities to your inbox
  • save the results of your searches and re-run them
  • store interesting funding opportunities, add notes and share information with your colleagues

Registration for a personal account is free, and takes about 1 minute to complete. To do this, use a computer within the University network and go to, click on ‘register’ and complete the form.

If you need any help with using the system email


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About Holly Hoar

I am the Development Officer (Research & Funding) in Research, Business and Employability Services. The Research team provides information to University staff on external funding, partners, and innovation activities. The team works with researchers and academic staff to help diversify income for Staffordshire University. Our Research and Funding Blog contains information on funding opportunities and the activities of the team. See my staff profile here