To obtain funding as a Researcher you may wish to identify the appropriate fellowship schemes. Research Councils and other funding bodies offer appropriate funding schemes that are designed specifically for Research Staff.

You need to ensure that you are familiar with all the requirements and eligibility criteria of each funding scheme. Visiting the website of the funding body that you have chosen will give you the necessary information. It may also be useful to discuss your options with a senior Researcher who has experienced the funding process.

The University of Liverpool Research Support Office offers more information depending on the funding scheme that you may be interested in.

The University subscribes to the ResearchProfessional database which is a comprehensive resource of funding opportunities.

Resources on support for Research Council grant applications can be found through the websites below:

AHRC - Arts and Humanities Research Council

AHRC Funding opportunities

BBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

BBSRC Fellowships Support

EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC Fellowships Support

ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council

Future Research Leaders Scheme

MRC - Medical Research Council

MRC Available Fellowships Support

NERC - Natural Environment Research Council

NERC Research Fellowship scheme Support

STFC - Science and Technology Facilities Council

STFC Fellowship schemes Support

ERC – European Research Council

Starting Grants

MSCA - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA Research Fellowships

Other funding bodies that may be of interest to Researchers:

BHF - British Heart Foundation                                                 

BHF Fellowships Support                          

CRUK- Cancer Research UK

CRUK Fellowships Support

LT - Leverhulme Trust

LT Early Career Fellowships Support

RS - Royal Society

RS Funding Scientists Support

WT - Wellcome Trust

WT Funding areas Support

External Resources

Vitae provides guidance on Applying for Funding, funding sources, how to write a grant proposal, eligibility criteria and learning from rejection, along with top tips for writing grant applications

Bournemouth University Research Blog has a helpful guidance section on research council applications. 

ESRC offer a guide for ‘How to write a good research grant proposal’ and a helpful section on preparing an proposal article giving ‘Top Tips on Applications for Funding’ 

Research Funding Toolkit is a wealth of resources to assist academics in writing better grant applications.

Research Whisperer has a section on applying for funding that you might find useful. 

The Guardian on ‘Research Funding: 10 tips for writing a successful application’ including advice from former UoL EPVC Professor Andrew Derrington.