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Staffordshire University subscribes to a website which can help find thousands of open funds for research projects. is free for all staff to use. However, sometimes you need a bit of expert help to get the right results. Research Services are able to help by providing bespoke searches for research funding.


The team will use their in-depth knowledge of research funding to identify one/or a collection of potential funds which may be suitable for your project. These will be sent for you to look through, and if necessary and one to one meeting can be arranged to discuss the options in more detail and make sure you are applying for the most suitable fund.


To access this service all you need to do is complete the form below to give us some details of what you want to do and email it to

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Latest funds on Research Professional 28/01/2016

Bi-weekly highlight of new funds posted on Research Professional.

You can see the full list here: All new funds from the last two weeks

Schools finance health competition

Innovate UK, GB

Funding supports phase two projects that aim to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstrators, which offer practical solutions to enable improved financial health and efficiency savings in schools, without harming outcomes for pupils. The total budget for phase two is £200,000, including VAT. Each project may receive up to £100,000 over a maximum period of one year.

Maximum award: £100,000

Closing date: 24 Feb 16


Research associateships

Modern Humanities Research Association, GB

These support the completion of research projects through the provision of part-time research assistance. Up to three awards of £23,000 each are available for one year only.

Maximum award: £23,000

Closing date: 29 Feb 16 (recurring)


Small research study funding scheme

Posture and Mobility Group, GB

Funding supports research projects that promote best practice, provide training, collate information and advise stakeholders on posture and wheeled mobility services. Grants are worth up to £7,500 each and cover the replacement salary costs as well as other research expenses.

Maximum award: £7,500

Closing date: 29 Feb 16 (recurring)


International fellowship for midwives

Wellbeing of Women, GB

This fellowship enables midwives to further develop research interests in midwifery, maternity services, pregnancy, childbirth and women’s health from an international perspective. Each fellowship is worth up to £20,000, which is available to contribute to salary, research and travel costs.

Maximum award: £20,000

Closing date: 07 Mar 16


Awards for travel to Canada – academic staff and doctoral students

Canada-UK Foundation , GB

These enable faculty and doctoral students pursuing Canadianist research in UK universities to make a research visit to Canada. Awards are worth £1,000 each for visits lasting a minimum of one week.

Maximum award: £1,000

Closing date: 15 Mar 16 (recurring)


Efficacy and mechanism evaluation programme – researcher-led workstream

Department of Health including NIHR, GB

This supports research into interventions based in or used by the NHS and its partners, including clinical trials and evaluative studies of novel and repurposed interventions. There is no fixed limit on project duration. All funding should be clearly justified, but there is no upper limit.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 15 Mar 16 (recurring)


Environmental risks to infrastructure – knowledge exchange fellowship call

Natural Environment Research Council, GB

This aims to support infrastructure owners, operators, regulators and policy-makers to enable them to access and use environmental science to identify, quantify and manage environmental risks to infrastructure. The award is worth up to £40,000.

Maximum award: £40,000

Closing date: 17 Mar 16


Four year PhD studentships

British Heart Foundation, GB

These allow universities in the UK to recruit up to four students per year for four years into the cardiovascular research programme. The studentship includes a student stipend at the standard BHF rate, university PhD tuition fees at the home rate only and consumable costs of £8,000 for the first year and £14,000 per year thereafter.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 31 Mar 16

Latest funds on Research Professional 14/01/2016

Bi-weekly highlight of new funds posted on Research Professional.

You can see the full list here: All new funds from the last two weeks

Fellowship and doctoral-level research in sport and exercise medicine bursary
British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine, GB
This supports population, community, primary care or hospital-based research that relates to the role of physical activity in preventing and managing disease. The bursary is worth up to £20,000 over a maximum period of two years. Funding covers research and study costs.
Maximum award: £20,000
Closing date: 31 Jan 16

John, Margaret, Alfred and Stewart Sim fellowship
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, GB
This supports research into the causes or treatment of depression, with the aim of fostering mental health research and the academic careers of early or intermediate researchers. The fellowship is worth up to £300,000 over a maximum period of three years.
Maximum award: £300,000
Closing date: 01 Feb 16 (recurring)

Jean Davies Award
Iolanthe Midwifery Trust, GB
This award is made available for midwives working to address the impact of social inequalities on the well-being of pregnant women, new mothers and their babies. Award is worth up to £5,000 per year.
Maximum award: £5,000
Closing date: 05 Feb 16 (recurring)

Research for understanding, mitigating and countering security threats
Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, GB
Funding supports innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that will contribute to our understanding of contemporary security threats, or research that enhances the UK’s capacity to detect and mitigate such threats. The total budget is worth up to £1.25 million at 100 per cent full economic cost, of which 80 per cent is available to successful applicants.
Maximum award: Not known
Closing date: 05 Feb 16

International partnership and mobility scheme
British Academy, GB
This scheme aims to support the development of partnerships between the UK and other areas of the world where research excellence would be strengthened by new, innovative initiatives and links. Grants are worth up to £10,000 per year for a period of one or three years.
Maximum award: £30,000
Closing date: 10 Feb 16

Mid-career research fellowship
Independent Social Research Foundation, GB
These support original interdisciplinary research across the range of social sciences. Grants of up to £60,000 are available.
Maximum award: £60,000
Closing date: 19 Feb 16

International exchanges scheme – standard programme
Royal Society, GB
This stimulates new collaborations within the natural sciences between scientists in the UK and overseas. Grants are worth up to £12,000 over a maximum period of two years. Researchers may also receive the Colin Pillinger international exchanges award of £1,000 to communicate their research to the general public.
Maximum award: £13,000
Closing date: 23 Feb 16 (recurring)

Newton mobility grants – Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand and Turkey
Royal Society, GB
These enable international researchers to undertake short-term visits to the UK and develop networks, research projects and research partnerships with UK scientists in order to develop their skills and knowledge. Grants are worth up to £12,000 each over two years.
Maximum award: £12,000
Closing date: 02 Mar 16 -The world’s leading provider of news and funding information for research professionals.

The Thompson Family Charitable Trust


Grants are available to UK registered charities for general charitable purposes.

Funding is provided at the discretion of the Trustees.

The Trust provides a range of grants from £250 up to an exceptional amount of £500,000. Most grants tend to be between £1,000 and £50,000 with a few grants of £100,000 and £200,000.

The Thompson Family Charitable Trust provides grants to registered charities for general charitable purposes.

Previous grants have been given in the following areas:

  • Health and social welfare.
  • Medical research.
  • Animal welfare.
  • The Arts.
  • Sports.
  • Education.

Applications may be submitted at any time, and UK registered charities are eligible to apply.

Examples of previously funded organisations include:

  • Animal Health Trust
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Cheer Trust
  • Injured Jockeys Fund
  • Katie Piper Foundation
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • North London Hospice
  • Parkinson’s UK
  • PCA Benevolent Fund
  • St Andrew’s Primary School
  • St Mary’s Church
  • Scene and Heard
  • Walk the Walk Worldwide
  • Walk with the Wounded

The Trust does not maintain a website or a formal application form.

Applications should be made in writing to the Trust.


Contact details:

Katie Woodward

The Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Hillsdown Court
15 Totteridge Common
N20 8LR

01608 676789

Research Seminar – Computing, Engineering and Sciences


The External Projects Team recently supported a PHD seminar series in FCES, organised by Fran Stubbs, the series is designed to provide opportunities for PHD students to explore new topics and learn from the key speakers who are invited to attend.

The External Projects Team discussed bidding for research and in a EU context and provided tips to writing a successful proposal.

Pictured above are the PHD students and Jose Beech, External Grants Manager.

£10 million HEFCE fund to support collaborative research on policing and crime reduction

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On 28 January 2015, HEFCE announced a new £10 million Police knowledge Fund, administered via its Catalyst Fund and supported jointly with the Home Office.

Established in partnership with the College of Policing, the fund will encourage police forces to collaborate with experts from academic fields such as criminology, economics, neuroscience and computer analytics in order to better understand crimes, to develop innovative ways of policing and more responses to crime.

The call has not been released yet, however more information are expected in due course on the HEFCE website: please click here.

Arts Council England : time out to develop artistic practice




The Arts Council of England invites applications for support to R&D activities within the grants for the arts programme. This supports the opportunity for an artist to consider their practice, develop a new idea or a new way of working. The following activities may be supported:

•time to develop new artistic ideas and work;

•retreat or residency opportunities in the UK and internationally;

•access to mentoring and shadowing opportunities;

•access to production and workspace;

•opportunities to go see to further inform your own practice;

•development of new partnerships and networks;

•training and continuing professional development opportunities for artists.

Grants can fund activity outside the UK, but only where there is a clear benefit to artists, arts organisations or audiences in England.

This is an open call without a deadline.

Interested? Contact the External Projects team for futher advice and support.

Erasmus+ Key Action 3 – Policy Innovation


The EU’s Erasmus Plus programme, invites applications for European forward-looking cooperation projects in education and training, and youth. These will provide in-depth knowledge on target groups, learning, teaching, training or youth work situations and effective methodologies and tools that help policies to develop, as well as conclusions relevant for policy makers in education, training and youth at all levels. The call supports projects in two strands: education and training field, and youth field.

Public or private organisations in education, training and youth or other socioeconomic sectors, or organisations carrying out cross-sector activities are eligible to apply. Applicants should be legal entities based in either a EU member state or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, or Macedonia.

The minimum partnership requirement for this call is three organisations representing three eligible countries.

The total budget available for the co-financing of projects under the present call is €17 million; €15m for the education and training strand, and €2m for the youth strand. The maximum grant per project is €500,000.

Financial contribution from the EU cannot exceed 75 per cent of the total eligible project costs.

Activities must start between 1 November 2015 and 1 January 2016, and the project duration must be between 24 and 36 months.

Closing date 24th February 2015

For further information see

What Works wellbeing


The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its What Works wellbeing programme. This funds wellbeing themed evidence programmes in support of a new and independent What Works centre for wellbeing. Proposals should address the following themes:

•cross-cutting capability;

•work, learning and wellbeing;

•community wellbeing;

•culture, sport and wellbeing.

Principal investigators must be based at a research organisation for the duration of the award. The inclusion of international co-investigators is welcomed and inter-institutional proposals or partnerships with non-higher education institutions are strongly encouraged.

Funding is worth between £875,000 and £1.06 million per programme over three years.

Find more details here

Closing date 02/12/14

11.8 billion Euros for 2014-2020: the European Commission has formally adopted the UK partnership agreement on the 29th October.


The European Commission (EC) has adopted Partnership Agreements with six Member States on the 29th October, including the United Kingdom. The UK Partnership agreement allocates €11.8 billion of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for key thematic investments during the period 2014-2020. The UK government is now waiting for a formal response from the European Commission to its Operational Programmes.

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) covers the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The funds are concentrated on a limited number of priorities for a better impact on growth and jobs in the UK: research and innovation, ICT, competitiveness of enterprises and low carbon economy represent more than 80% of the total allocations.

Both the European Commission and the United Kingdom are expecting to increase the number of innovative enterprises, including the number of collaborations between SMEs and academic institutions in the UK. Superfast broadband, low carbon economy, sustainable land management, inactivity levels, higher level training and skills are also within the main targets of the UK Partnership Agreement.

Within the ESI Funds Growth Programme, England is being allocated €3.6 billion of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), €3.3 billion of European Social Fund (ESF), and €3.4 billion for Rural Development.

The ERDF and ESF Operational Programmes, which are breaking down the investment priorities and objectives of the Partnership Agreements into concrete actions, are due to be adopted by the European Commission in the next few months. Applications will then be able to be submitted to the relevant Managing Authorities of the programmes for applying to these funds.

To find out more: