Council transition to the new Funding Service

All research councils are transitioning from the Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system to the UKRI Funding Service. This means that all applicants, grant holders, research support staff, reviewers and panel members must start using the new Funding Service.

When transitioning opportunities, councils will uphold the commitments in their strategic delivery plans and seek to minimise disruption for applicants. This includes their commitment to providing the research community with increased forward notice for opportunities which remain open for longer periods of time.

The transition process will affect opportunities for different councils in different ways. It will also bring Research England onto the Funding Service and align with Innovate UK’s Innovation Funding Service.

Find out more about each council’s transition plans:

Applications to responsive mode opportunities are changing

The overall principles of responsive mode opportunities remain the same, but interactions between applicants and assessors and UKRI through the Funding Service will be different.

Responsive mode opportunities will use a core application question set and assessment criteria.

We are reviewing how responsive mode operates to streamline and harmonise the process for users. 

During the review period, some responsive mode opportunities will have regular closing and opening dates throughout the year. Others will have an extended open period with regular decision points throughout. 

Each council will provide further details in their transition page and in the opportunity details on the Funding Finder. 

UKRI may need to make changes to these opportunities to allow for technical or policy enhancements. Councils will communicate any changes in advance.

Last updated: 7 May 2024

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