Funding for research can come in many forms. Grants are made available to individual researchers, networks of researchers, and those working in research collaborations whether within the UK or internationally. Research students can benefit through support for advanced courses and PhDs, and fellowships are available to support post-doctoral researchers on an independent programme of research.
Independent funding is available for the support of the research infrastructure - the equipment and buildings required for research to take place. Funding is also available to support key research resources such as research facilities.
Due to the diverse bodies supporting research within the UK, you need to direct your applications for funding carefully.
Who Funds Research?
A range of organisations, from the public and not-for-profit sector bodies, to private companies and international organisations funds research within the UK.
The many sources of public funding are the research councils, higher education funding councils and a number of UK government departments. In addition, much research is funded by charities, learned and professional societies, and universities and research institutes themselves. International sources of funding include the European Union, NATO and a number of other European and international public bodies.
The scope of these funding organisations differ dramatically. Some fund research across a range of areas, whilst others only provide funding within specific sciences or humanities subjects. Research funding organisations run schemes tailored to their particular objectives. Each type of grant, fellowship or other award will have associated information about the type of funds available, who is eligible and how to apply.