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Funding tools

How to identify and apply for funding?

Whatever you are looking for a fellowship, a travel award or small consummable grants, browsing the internet and visiting potential funders' websites can prove very time consuming and innefective.

Luckily, support and tools are available to help you!

Research Development
Funding support at Queen's

The Research Development team is dedicated to help QUB researchers (including postdocs) identify and apply for funding.

Research Development is part of the Research and Enterprise directorate and is located on 63 University road (Research Development contacts).

For information and support regarding fellowships, email

The team is composed of several Research Development managers and officers expert in different funding sources (EU, UK, international) and can advise you on which fund to apply for as well as help with your application.

The PDC "Fellowship Application Support Programme" (see Fellowships) is organised in collaboration with the department.

Visit the Research Development website

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Funding newsletter
Funding-relevant opportunities in the same document

Research Development issues funding newsletters containing calls in various fields of research for many types of grants as well as training, information sessions and specific review and application processes relevant to QUB. These include the UK funding bulletin and EU newsletter.

Research Professional
Funding database

Research Professional is a funding database to which Queen's subscribes. It enables to easily search for any kind of research funding for free through the University network.

Research professional is available to all QUB staff, provided their computer is connected to the University's network.

You can access Research Professional directly on its website  or via Queen's online (QOL/Services/Research/Researchprofessional/Research research).

You can log in through QUB but we advise that you create an account (free) as it gives access to more features (like saving searches, receiving personalised notifications etc.).

You can search funding by using key words relevant to your research as well as the type of funding (fellowship, travel grant...) and limit responses based on the application deadline, amount of money, country etc. The database regroups information on each call, including deadlines, contact and link to the founder's website.

Searches can be saved and emailed to you automatically to always be up to date.

A demonstration of Research Professional is provided in the "Find your Fellowship" workshop (as part of the Fellowship Application Support Programme) and tutorial videos are available on Youtube.

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Funding... to get funding!
Grant enabler and preliminary data fund

Some small pots of money can be accessed to help you develop and add value to your proposal. This can be done by facilitating meetings with partners on the application or funding preliminary data.

These are "seeding" investments from the University and you are then expected to actually submit a proposal.

Faculty Fellowship Facilitation Fund: 4F

The Faculty Fellowship Facilitation Fund (4F) is a competitive fund provided by the PDC to help postdocs strengthen their fellowship application, for example by helping with the generation of preliminary data (more information on the application form).

Applications for round 4 will close on 22/01/21 (candidates will be informed of the panel's decision in February 2021).

Download the application form

Grant Enabler Fund

This fund is managed by Research Development and aims at facilitating proposals to major funders (research councils etc.) by providing fund to meet partners. This fund is available to pay for the travel of postdocs but may require a PI to apply.

More information

EU Networking Fund

The aim of the EU Networking Fund is to facilitate networking activities essential for participation in the EU Framework Programme, Horizon 2020. This scheme will support travel costs and annual membership fees to European Research Platforms that can influence European research funding programmes. Initially open only to permanent academic staff, it is now open to postdocs under the following conditions:

  • For Postdocs who are involved in the preparation of H2020 collaborative applications
  • For Postdocs who wish to attend networking events related to Horizon 2020 or Policy making. Events organised by influential groups (JPIs, EIPs, ETPs, etc.).
  • The application to the fund should be signed by the PI
  • When sending the request form, the Postdoc will indicate that she/he is a Postdoc
  • The Postdoc will need to complete an outcome report (template on Research Development's website) after the trip

More information

Industry/Academia collaborative projects

Funding may be available to start collaboration with industrial (and other non-academic) partners from sources like the Business Alliance team. Contact the team to discuss your options.

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