Research & Innovation research funding courses

Research funding skills

Research and Innovation provides a range of training to help you find funding sources and write successful applications.

In addition to the four central funding courses listed below, we are also available to work with Schools, Institutes and Faculties to provide bespoke training. Examples of bespoke courses that we can deliver include:

  • application review sessions, e.g. to develop applications before submission or consider unsuccessful applications and how they can be improved
  • funder or programme specific sessions, e.g. Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Global Challenges Research Fund
  • introduction to research funding for early career researchers.
We can also run tailored versions of any of the central training sessions below at School, Institute or Faculty events.

How to book

To book on to a training course, please email our team inbox at with the title and date of the event you wish to attend.

1. Overview of Research & Innovation services

This session provides an introduction to the different services provided by R&I including:

  • Research application support and costing
  • Commercial research and consultancy through UoPEL
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
  • Guidance on research impact 
  • Research ethics
  • Intellectual property and research commercialisation advice
  • Business incubation and innovation services 
  • Enterprise Solutions.
  • 14.00 Tuesday 15 October 2019
  • 10.00 Thursday 16 January 2020
  • 14.00 Thursday 12 March 2020
  • 14.00 Tuesday 19 May 2020

2. How to write a successful research application

Learn to prepare your research application in a way that maximises its chances of success.


  • 14.00 Thursday 7 November 2019
  • 10.00 Tuesday 28 January 2020
  • 14.00 Thursday 5 March 2020

3. How do funders review and assess funding applications?

This course provides an insight into funding review processes and how funding decisions are made.


  • 10.00 Thursday 14 November 2019
  • 14.00 Tuesday 17 March 2020

4. Research Professional

Interactive sessions to set up your personal alerts for new and forthcoming funding opportunities to increase your chances of early grant capture.


  • 10.00 Tuesday 22 October 2019
  • 14.00 Thursday 5 December 2019
  • 10.00 Thursday 13 February 2020
  • 14.00 Thursday 14 May 2020

UKRO Annual Visit

In addition to our regular training sessions we host an annual visit from the UK Research Office in Brussels on all aspects of EU research funding. 

The 2020 visit will take place on Wednesday 26 February.

For full details of the 2019 event held on 5 February, please see the event page.