How to apply for research and innovation funding

You can apply for UKRI funding if:

  • you meet the eligibility criteria – check your eligibility
  • the funding opportunity is relevant to your research or innovation area.

Find guidance on applying for funding

Applying for funding from UKRI is a major undertaking. We have guidance to help you complete and submit an application.

You should read all the relevant guidance before you start your application. If you don’t, your application is likely to fail.

The guidance you need to read is different for each funding opportunity.

Some funding opportunities will require you to read two sets of guidance. These are:

  • the guidance that’s specific to that opportunity
  • general guidance for applicants from the council you’re applying to.

Opportunities that require you to read both sets of guidance include:

  • all innovation grants with Innovate UK
  • most opportunities that focus on a specific research challenge or area.

Overseas costs

Please note changes to the way overseas costs are input which is applicable to all applications (which include overseas costs) submitted after 1 July 2021.

Duplicate submissions

From 1 April 2022, you can submit time-sensitive grant proposals to UKRI at the same time as submitting proposals to other, non-UKRI funders when they also allow duplicate submissions.

Fellowships continue to allow this, subject to any specific opportunity guidelines.

Duplicate submissions are two proposals that have:

  • a substantially comparable research endeavour or notion to use existing research and apply it in a new way, such as the development of technologies based on existing research
  • similar aims and objectives, methodology and resources.

Reviewing and assessing proposals takes time. Before you make a duplicate submission, please consider whether it’s essential to the research outcome.

If you intend to submit a duplicate proposal, you should let us know either:

  • in your proposal
  • at any point after you submit your proposal, but before announcement.

You will not be able to accept duplicate funding for a project.

See UKRI grant terms and conditions, section 2.1.3 for more information.

Council-specific guidance

For other opportunities, you will need to read only the specific research council guidance.

These include most research funding opportunities that do not have a deadline and that are open to any research project proposal.

Find the guidance for:

Research England uses a different process. Most of its funding is allocated to eligible higher education institutes based on their Research Excellence Framework assessment.

It does occasionally offer other funding opportunities. If you want to apply for one of these opportunities you should follow the specific guidance published with that opportunity.

Who to contact

If you have questions about your application, contact the funding opportunity programme manager named in the funding opportunity.

If your proposed idea spans different research areas that cross two or more councils remit domains and you’re unsure about where to make your application, they can advise you.

Last updated: 16 June 2022

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