How to apply

Potential UK Research and Innovation applicants should refer specific questions about the applications process to the relevant Research Council or Innovate UK.

Guidance for business and academic organisations on what funding they can get to test ideas and develop innovative products and services can be found at:

Innovate UK - Business innovation: what funding you can apply for

Information about the research application processes for each Research Council can be located at the following:

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Medical Research Council (MRC)
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

See also: Research England

Applications should be made to the relevant Research Council, using the Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S). The "areas of research page" provides a broad indication of which Research Council is likely to be the most appropriate funder.

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Programme Managers from each of the individual councils will also be able to advise applicants who feel their application may cross the boundary of two or more councils. The same application should not be submitted for consideration by more than one research council at any one time.

Funding opportunities

For information of Innovate UK opportunities see:

We also host a list of key funding opportunities across our councils.

Each of the research councils maintains a web page advising of funding opportunities/funding calls. Please see the links below:

Declarations of Interest for Research Council Grant Applicants

The Research Councils' Code of Conduct and Policy on the Governance of Good Research Conduct outlines the expectation that applicants for Research Council funding are expected to observe the highest standards of integrity, honesty and professionalism and to embed good practice in every aspect of their work. As part of this, any private, personal or commercial interests relating to an application for funding to the Research Councils must be declared in a covering letter included as an application attachment. 

Additional questions on the use of rodents overseas

If the research involves the use of rodents overseas rather than in the UK, please also complete the Additional questions on the use of rodents overseas (PDF, 209KB) form, and attach as a letter of support in Je-S.

Research Council Pathways to Impact

In making your research council application you will have to demonstrate the pathways to impact for your research. You can find more guidance and resources to help you complete this part of the process.

Gateway to Research

Explore projects funded by the Research Councils and Innovate UK. Examine research funding data on the Gateway to Research.