training and guidance is an online research funding opportunities database subscribed to by the University and freely accessible to everyone at Oxford University. Registering with ResearchProfessional for the first time only works if you register 'on campus', using your department's/ college's wifi (not eduroam). Please note that is not compatible with Internet Explorer 8 or below.

Hands-on training sessions for at Oxford

Designed to give you an introduction to and an explanation of how the search works, along with key hints and tips, these termly hands-on training sessions at IT Services include demonstrations as well as time to use the database to set-up your own searches with guidance. They are also suitable for those thinking of becoming a Workgroup Editor.

Please note that teaching time is about 1 hour, with some time allowed for questions.

Michaelmas Term 2015 session

Key points covered include:

  • How to set up a search and get some example searches, e.g. for early-career, travel, hosting visits
  • How funding opportunities are indexed by discipline in ResearchProfessional
  • Why just using 'Full Text' is the worst way of searching the database
  • How to set-up your searches as email alerts

If you can't make these hands-on sessions, please refer to the following guides and presentation slides and consider the alternative training options listed on this page.

Divisional demos at Oxford in 2015

Four divisional demos for Arts & Humanities, MPLS, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences were held by Research Services and a representative of in April and June 2015. Please find the presentation slides below:

Online Demos from

General online demos, provided directly by, usually take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, between 10 am and 11 am (UK time). They provide an introduction to and a basic overview of the search functionality. Whilst they are a useful introduction, we recommend you also read our ResearchProfessional Quick Start Guide (254kb) and How best to search for funding opportunities on (778kb) for search guidance, and especially recommend to avoid the free text search as this tends to return unreliable results.

You can view these demonstrations from your own PC, and can choose to receive sound either via your computer's microphone and speakers, or by phoning in to a voice conference. You will be able to ask questions by using a text chat feature.

To register for an online session, click on the date you would like to attend on the Help site (under 'Networked Sessions').

Download our Quick Start Guide

Our Quick Start Guide (254kb) provides a basic overview of

Download our Search Tips, Do's and Dont's and popular Example Searches

Our guidance document How best to search for funding opportunities on (778kb) contains

  • a detailed description of how to use both the Simple and Advanced Search,
  • a list of Do's and Dont's, and
  • popular Example Searches which you may want to use as the starting point for your own searches. These include example searches for PhD/ DPhil funding, EU funding, early career funding, travel funding, networking/ collaboration funding, funding to host visiting researchers, and foreign funding.

Download our Guide to using the Calendar functionality

If you are interested in exporting funding information deadlines from into your own Outlook calendar, or would like to download/ subscribe to online calendars based on your saved searches or folders, please see our Calendar Guide (192kb)