Application guidance


All funding agencies will have their own criteria for deciding on the allocation of their resources. It is worthwhile taking time to familiarise yourself with these and ensuring that your proposal clearly addresses your targeted source of support.

Significant funders provide information about specific calls on their own websites, which are the authoritative source for details of funding calls and guidance information. Such guidance is designed to help you through the application process and all such information should be carefully read and clearly taken into account as you proceed with developing the application.

Familiarising yourself with the content of the Funder’s Guide may seem tedious but will help you to avoid basic mistakes, which may prejudice chances of success. Make sure you are always using the current versions of the application form and funding guidelines.

Each of the research councils has specific guidance on how to complete their application forms. Please visit the relevant UKRI site to access funding guidance. Some funders, e.g. the ESRC, provide good general advice on writing a grant proposal

University of Plymouth Research and Innovation Department has prepared the following resources to help you with your application.

Successful Application Library

Our online library contains examples of successful research funding applications from academics at the University of Plymouth and is only available to staff and students at this University (login required).

These examples are for internal reference only and should not be shared with anyone who is not a member of staff or student at the University of Plymouth.

If you would like to submit your own successful application for inclusion, or if you have any questions about the library, then please contact

You may also find it useful to review funded applications on the UKRI database.

Guidance resources

Research Funding Courses

Research and Innovation provides a range of training to help you find funding sources and write successful applications. For further information on the programme and how to book please visit our training page.

Public engagement in research

UKVI outlines the expectations and responsibilities of research funders with respect to public engagement, to help embed public engagement in universities and research institutes. 

Most funders actively encourage public engagement in the research they fund (and some even stipulate it as a condition of funding). Advice is available through:

Examples of current engagement activities at Plymouth can be found at: