Research support and funding sources

Here you'll find details of support for researchers as well as information on the main funders and databases you can search to find further opportunities. Research Development Managers can help you get started, talk through your ideas and signpost you to the most appropriate schemes for your discipline and research interests.

Finding research funding

Current research funding opportunities

Departmental specific links to browse and find details of current research funding opportunities

Research funding databases

Useful resources to help you find research funding.

Main funders

Government research funding

Details of government research funding in the UK and internationally.

Research Council funding

Details of UK and international Research Councils.

Trusts and foundations research funding

Find trust and foundation research funding in the UK and internationally.

European funding

Horizon 2020

UK researchers and organisations are fully eligible to apply for and hold Horizon 2020 projects. Funding is guaranteed for the duration of a Horizon 2020 funded project (even if it starts or finishes after 31 December 2020).

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the successor program of Horizon 2020. As part of the UK Government’s recent announcement confirming the EU/UK ‘trade and cooperation agreement’, the UK will associate to the EU’s €95.5B seven year Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, which is expected to officially launch in February 2021. Read about the fine details.

Turing Scheme

The UK will no longer particapte in the EU’s Erasmus+ university exchange programme. A £100 million replacement programme, called the Turing Scheme, will start in September 2021.


About GCRF

Useful information and resources about the Global Challenges Research Fund, Challenge areas, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GCRF@Essex - making an application

Details of calls for funding under the GCRF@Essex programme. The University of Essex has secured three years of funding from Research England to support collaboration and capacity building for GCRF research. Application documentation and details of how to apply.

GCRF relevant university policies

Information about important university policy and guidance you should take into account when planning your GCRF@Essex project.

GCRF@Essex Case Studies

Get an idea of some of the work our colleagues have been doing with GCRF@Essex funding.