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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find more information about funding and costing etc.?

Please refer to the Research Services Support Page

Where can I find possible funding opportunities?

Please keep an eye out for current funding opportunities in the NDCN and Medical Sciences weekly newsletters. You can find internal funding and co-ordinated university bids on the Research Services Support Page. Some external websites where you can use to find funding opportunities are:

Research Professional – this is an online research funding database and news service

UKRI Funding Finder – this website lists an overview of funding opportunities for all UK research councils

Where do I start when I want to apply for a grant?

When you have found a relevant funding opportunity please contact the research grants team as soon as possible to let them know you are intending to put in an application.

What are the internal deadlines for a grant application?

The internal deadlines for UK funders are:

  • At least 2 weeks prior to funder deadline: get in touch with the research grants team to inform them about your upcoming application
  • At least 1 week (5 working days) prior to funder deadline: the application needs to be complete and ready to be sent over to research services for review

The internal deadlines for applications to overseas funders differ from the guidance above. Please contact the research grants team as soon as possible to receive the actual deadlines for your application.

How do I know how to cost my salary on a grant?

The research grants team will do this for you once you have supplied them with the relevant information for your application.

The guidelines from the funder state there is no formal budget required at the outline stage of the application, what should I do?

Contact the research grants team as soon as possible to let them know you are intending to put in an application. Although the funder does not require a formal budget at this stage, the University still requires a full costing and review process before you can put in an application.

When should I inform the grants team of an upcoming application?

Please inform the grants team as soon as possible on upcoming grants applications, but at least 2 weeks prior to the funder deadline.

Can I still make changes to my application after it has been sent to research services for review?

Yes, you can still make changes to the scientific part of the application. You cannot make changes that influence the costs of the application at this stage. Please be aware that changes to the start date and duration of a project will influence the costs of an application.