Applying for funding

We encourage researchers and Departments to contact us for advice and assistance at any stage of the preparation of their applications, and, particularly in the case of large-scale applications, our involvement early in the process can be very beneficial to all parties.

Applying for research funding

A step-by-step guide to applying for funding for researchers

Electronic submission systems

Electronic submission systems of the University's major sponsors

Ethical review and approvals

Ethics to consider when research involves human participants

Co-ordinated University bids

Oxford processes and timelines for calls with limited submissions


How Research Services can provide assistance with Tenders

Reviewing and authorising applications

All applications for external research funding, including Outline/Preliminary applications and electronic applications must first be approved by the relevant Head of Department and then (except for applications for less than £20k with no associated staff costs) endorsed on behalf of the University by Research Services, before they can be submitted to the sponsor.

Please note that Research Services requires 5 working days  to process and authorise all applications.

In addition departmental administrators also need time to prepare a costing, check that the research proposed can be carried out within the department and obtain the necessary departmental approvals. Researchers are therefore advised to notify departmental administrators as soon as possible once they have decided to submit an application.