Funding Opportunities

Once you have an Idea, the next step is to identify the Funding Opportunities that fit your idea.  

The University receives funding from a wide range of funders, including Research Councils, Governmental bodies and agencies, Charities, and Industrial partners for research, consultancy, knowledge exchange, and CPD activities.

Find out more about our internal sources of funding Spark, Connect and Connect+

Click here to find out about applying for match funded studentships.

Click below to view hints and tips on the various sources of funding for your planned project.

The Research Councils (UKRI) receive funding from the UK Government to support research in priority areas.

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The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

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The main Research & Innovation funding instrument of the European Commission (EC) is Horizon 2020, with allocated funds of €80 billion. 

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Many research opportunities at the University come in the form of responses to tenders and contracts.

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Researchers can share their knowledge with a diverse range of partners through Knowledge Exchange activities.

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Fellowships are an excellent opportunity to fund our researchers, they are highly prestigious individual awards, providing funded time to enable high quality research and to make a substantial impact in their respective fields.

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Research Professional

The University of Stirling subscribes to Research Professional, the leading source for research funding opportunities worldwide.  This allows University of Stirling researchers access on and off campus to search for potential sources of funding.

Researchers are encouraged to use and maintain their own account within Research Professional, setting up saved searches and alerts for funding opportunities based on your chosen keywords.  You may also have your own relationships with contacts within funding bodies, and should maintain a dialogue on current research interests with your colleagues and the Research Funding and Development team.

Research Professional includes:

  • Thousands of open calls from global funders
  • Fast and user-friendly search options
  • Customisable alerts to ensure you never miss a new funding call
  • Tools to help you share information with your colleagues and keep ahead of funding deadlines

You don’t even need to login to start searching for funding opportunities but we advise you do register to access full functionality of the service. 

Register for Research Professional here    View Quick Start Guide    

REO and Funding Opportunities

The Research and Enterprise Office offers short sessions for researchers on how to use Research Professional, and forthcoming events will be posted on the Research Events page.  Alternatively you can contact the Research Funding & Development Team for an individual session and we can assist you with setting up your profile and/or tailoring your searches. 

The Research Funding & Development Team also maintain relationships with funders, and provide direct dissemination to researchers where possible, and in particular for strategic funding opportunities.  The team attend Faculty Research meetings, encouraging proposals for specific and appropriate calls.  

Stirling Researcher Resources

Find out more information about finding funding opportunities here‌‌                      

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