By Joy Taylor, Research Funding Officer
The Research and Enterprise Office (REO) have created an on-line resource accessed via the Researcher Community webpages which includes several documents and presentations aimed at giving our researchers information about all aspects of the funding lifecycle.
If you are New to Stirling check out the New to Stirling folder and the presentation delivered by REO for those starting out on the road to applying for funding. The Early Career Researcher folder provides information about Fellowships and how to get started on your researcher career using this route.
When a research project or idea springs to mind the Finding Funding Opportunities is a good place to start. This links you to information about Research Professional, an on-line database that the University subscribes to and is accessible to everyone at Stirling. Research Professional is a source of funding opportunities, articles and useful information about funders, both national and international. It also features an alert function that you can tailor to your own research topics.
Creating a Budget includes a presentation about developing a budget and also a guide to non-staff costs. This is helpful when thinking about the resources you should include in your budget and gives information about local venue hire, recruitment costs, travel and subsistence, etc. You, of course, should contact the Funding Team to discuss costs and we can advise about staff costs and funders’ requirements.
There are a number of Successful Applications for Sharing available as examples. Bear in mind that proposals are assessed against funders’ criteria and the focus of these change on a regular basis so treat these examples as a guide about what to include. The emphasis on what a successful application includes changes over time depending on the current external environment, this includes Government policies, areas of interest and world events.
Impact is an area of importance to all funders as they want to know what difference your work will have on societies, economies, environments, etc. Impact Studies also provide evidence for evaluating research under the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and there is a guide about recording your research impact on RMS.
Once you have decided on the funder and when developing your proposal check out Tips and Information from Funders to learn from the experiences of others or access material gained from presentations in order to avoid the more common pitfalls.
Finally, the Horizon 2020 folder lists opportunities that are available as well as information and presentations if you are considering applying for EU funding.
As mentioned above there are several presentations contained in the folders but these are not a replacement for attending training sessions offered by the University. Attend these where possible as this gives you a chance not only to meet colleagues and network but an opportunity to clarify any queries you may have. Details of training sessions offered are available here.
Researcher Resources is a live document and will be added to and changed as priorities and topics change within the research funding environment so remember you should check this out whenever you are thinking of applying for research funding to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. Feedback is always welcome, so please let me know if you have any suggestions for additional resources you would find useful.