ResearchProfessional.com training and guidance

ResearchProfessional.com is an online research funding opportunities database subscribed to by the University and freely accessible to everyone at Oxford University.

Hands-on training sessions for RP.com at Oxford

  • Designed to give you an introduction to RP.com 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 1.5 hours max, but IT Services is booked for almost 2 hours to allow additional time for using the system and answering your questions.

Trinity term 2014 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

Online Demos from ResearchProfessional.com

General online demos, provided directly by ResearchProfessional.com, usually take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, between 10 am and 11 am (UK time). They provide an introduction to RP.com and a basic overview of the search functionality. Whilst they are a useful introduction, we recommend you also read our ResearchProfessional Quick Start Guide (211kb) and How best to search for funding opportunities on RP.com (850kb) 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 a session, click on the date you would like to attend on the ResearchProfessional.com Help site (under 'Networked Sessions').

Download our Quick Start Guide

Our Quick Start Guide (211kb) provides a basic overview of ResearchProfessional.com.

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

Our guidance document How best to search for funding opportunities on RP.com (850kb) 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 ResearchProfessional.com Guide to using the Calendar functionality

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

ResearchProfessional's Online User Guide

A full on-line user guide is provided by ResearchProfessional.com. Again, we recommend you read our own Guides above for search guidance and not rely on free text search as this returns unreliable results.

ResearchProfessional.com training sessions

ResearchProfessional.com is an online research funding opportunities database subscribed to by the University and freely accessible to everyone at Oxford University.

Regular hands-on training sessions and 1-hour lunchtime demos for ResearchProfessional.com are held at OUCS.

These sessions will give you an introduction to ResearchProfessional.com, an explanation of how the search works and key hints and tips for making the most of the database.

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 search for results from a particular programme offered by a sponsor, e.g. the Wellcome Trust's medical humanities programme
  • How to set up your searches as email alerts