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University Library

Research: Ideas and Funding

Developing Research Ideas

The Research Development team is a small unit of research-funding specialists within Research & Innovation Services.

Their role is to provide support to academic colleagues to develop their research from inception through to application.

You can contact them via their web pages.

Research Funding News

Idox's Grantfinder 4 Education (replacing a previous service, Research Professional) provides access to a range of services, including:

  • RESEARCHconnect - A complete research funding solution for the UK research community
  • POLICYfinder - A one-stop-shop for policy information, from European to local level
  • GRANTfinder – Features information on a comprehensive range of grants, loans and awards from local, regional and national sources (including UK government and European funding, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors)

Like Research Professional, the new system allows you to run and save funding searches, receive funding alerts and easily share information about opportunities with others.

How do I get an account?

If you would like to request an account for the new funding opportunities service, please email to request one. Please note that accounts will not be automatically created for existing Research Professional users.


The Research Operations Team run training (demonstration and hands-on workshop). These can be found and booked through the Training Booking System.

Research Bulletin

Research & Innovation Services produce a bi-monthly bulletin for each faculty which includes details of current and forthcoming funding calls, as well as other information and messages.

The most recent and previous bulletins can be found on the Research & Innovation Services web pages.

Research Impact

Information about available Impact, Knowledge Transfer and Economic Development Funding is provided through Research & Innovation Services Partnerships and Engagement Team.

Please see their Impact Funding pages for further details.

Keeping up to date with emerging research

Guidance and support around setting up alerts to keep up-to-date with various types of information, including published research literature, upcoming conferences and scholarly networks can be found on the Library's Keeping up-to-date with emerging research web pages.

Your Academic Liaison Librarian

James Bisset

Academic Liaison Librarian
Researcher Support

0191 334 1589

Training Overview

Researcher 1-2-1

Book a consultation

Need help? Drop me an email or request a 30 minute 1-to-1 consultation to scale any brick walls in your way.