Research funding

Research Professional

Be the first to hear about UK, EU and Global funding opportunities, get the latest news from funders and read articles from those who have been successful on the industry's website for funding calls, Research Professional.

What is Research Professional?

Research Professional is for academics and researchers who want to identify funding opportunities. In addition to thousands of funding opportunities, there is a wealth of information on a wide variety of funders. The news section will allow you to keep abreast of the latest national and international news, funding calls and developments. The know how section contains information from those who have been successful and general tips on applying for research grants. There are many articles entitled ‘my winning proposal’ which give advice to those applying to specific calls.

The funding opportunities are searchable by keyword and are structured by discipline. Using the University subscription any member of the university can set up an account, create and save searches for funding opportunities, and then receive updates as new opportunities and calls become available.

How do I access Research Professional?

If you just want to search Research Professional for funding opportunities simply visit the website and search for opportunities (no login is required on University computers). If you want to save your search and receive a weekly email of news items or funding opportunities that match your search terms then you will need to create a free account from a University computer; this only take a couple of minutes.

To receive a weekly email based on your search terms, follow the three easy steps below:

  1. Login to Research Professional
  2. Enter your search term(s)
  3. Save the search

 What are the benefits to me?

  • A comprehensive list of research funding opportunities from the UK, EU, USA and other countries.
  • Customise your search to get a weekly funding email containing any opportunities that match your search terms. 
  • You will hear about opportunities as soon as they are published giving you more time to write your proposal. 
  • You can browse or search for funding calls in a variety of ways such as type of call (e.g. fellowships, early career), size of grant, priority themes or closing date, to name but a few.
  • Search details of successful awards to help you find collaborators or project partners.
  • You can forward details of any opportunities within the system to your colleagues. 
  • The system has a simple and clear interface and is easy to use. You can create a free account within minutes.

Training and support

The Research and Enterprise Division run regular training sessions for academics and researchers. If you’d like to book onto one of these sessions, please email We can also offer demonstrations of Research Professional to specific groups of staff e.g. departments or research group. Please email to arrange a session.

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