The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Funding Service is being developed with applicants and other users’ needs at the heart of its design.
To continuously improve the service, it is being built iteratively, with new functionality and updates regularly released. During this phase, the new Funding Service will run in parallel to UKRI’s current online system for managing funding, the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.
In 2023, grant applications to research councils will start to be made via the new Funding Service rather than the Je-S system. This is part of the Simpler and Better Funding (SBF) programme’s work to develop a single, consistent user-centred funding service.
The overall processes and principles of opportunities are remaining the same, although interactions between applicants and assessors and UKRI through the Funding Service will be a different experience. For example:
- a Résumé for Research and Innovation (R4RI) format is used to capture grant-specific information about applicants and their team
- following user research, UKRI introduced new role types for opportunities being run on the Funding Service from 22 May 2023 – see eligibility as an individual
- where possible, all information is submitted digitally improving navigation and accessibility
- areas of assessment directly map against applicant responses to questions in the application
From January 2024, council opportunities will be launched and managed in the Funding Service.
Sign in to your Funding Service account
If you have started an application or award, sign in to:
- complete your application
- view the status of your application
- manage an award
You’ll need the email address and password you used when you started your application.
Reducing research bureaucracy
We are contributing to UKRI’s work to reduce research bureaucracy. This work includes reducing the level of variation between opportunities and councils, to increase standardisation, and ensure requirements are simple and consistent. As such, our development is part of UKRI’s work to address the recommendations of the independent review of research bureaucracy, led by Professor Adam Tickell.
Find out more about how we are standardising questions and assessment criteria in the ‘responsive mode applications: core section questions and assessment criteria ’ section.