About Simpler and Better Funding

UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Simpler and Better Funding (SBF) programme is creating a funding service that is easy to use and supports everyone involved in research funding.

Our goal is to operate a single, consistent user-centred service that:

  • reduces the burden of finding, applying for and managing research funding
  • gives UKRI evidence to support funding the best ideas
  • can respond and adapt easily to change.

The SBF programme will be delivering a funding service based on a new digital platform, underpinned by improved policies, processes and support. These changes will make it easier for researchers and innovators to collaborate, obtain guidance, and submit applications in a joined-up way.

We are currently running pilot funding opportunities within the new UKRI Funding Service to test new policies and processes and gather evidence and feedback from users to help us make funding simpler and better.

The new UKRI Funding Service will replace UKRI’s existing systems, including the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system. Ultimately, the new service will support all UKRI funding opportunities, of every type, and from any UKRI organisation.



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Contact us

If you are a journalist who would like information about UKRI or the SBF programme, you can contact our media team.

For all other queries about SBF, you can contact the SBF team directly:

Email: sbf@ukri.org

Last updated: 8 December 2022

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