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Funding opportunities

Sources of funding

The Library provides access to Research Professional which can be used to set up email alerts to news and funding opportunities in specified subject disciplines as well as by sponsor. Research Professional offers monthly online training sessions.

For research students funding Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online contains over 600 alternative funding bodies which make postgraduate grants and is updated monthly. It also includes two interactive tools to take you through the application process; personal statement assistant and personal grants manager. To access click on 'Login automatically from Campus right now!'. There is the facility to set up a personal account so that you can save information. To register for a personal account with a non-OU email address you will need the PIN number which can be found on the passwords page.

The following websites provide useful background information about the funding of research:

  • Research Councils UK (RCUK) is a strategic partnership of the 7 UK Research Councils. Research Councils are organised by discipline and provide funding for specific research projects.
  • Higher Education Funding Council of England and Wales (HEFCE) HEFCE organises funding which is used to maintain and develop research infrastructures. This is distributed following research assessments such as RAE2008.

Funding Applications

The Research and Academic Strategy - pre and post award support page on the OU intranet offers links to funding opportunities and guidelines on the process of making funding applications.

Writing a funding proposal

For more information, visit the research support site

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