Research Funding Observatory

The Research Funding Observatory is a formalised series of focused, targeted events and seminars for academic and research staff at ARU, underpinned by bursaries, to support you on the path to success.

Led by Research Services, the planned programme of events and support will utilise the expertise of the academic community, and those outside of it, to develop research ideas and potential, to offer insights and support on applying for and winning research funding, as well as contributing to world class research and its impact. The RFO is coded and built around thematic strands:

  • Discover: Events, seminars and tools to learn about resources available at ARU
  • Explore: Activities designed to put ARU resources in practice and find ways in which they can work for you.
  • Succeed: Seminars, events, and resources around best practice on award management, tips, reusing and resubmitting bids.

We already offer you a strong level of support if you want to apply for research funding but by providing a centralised staff training and support programme we can:

  • develop our research activities and culture and change the current responsive bidding patterns together
  • we can grow our pool of research applicants
  • we can help you find others to work with or learn from
  • we can give you the opportunity to network with others in and outside of your areas of expertise, helping you to build teams and apply for collaborative funds.

All of this will lead to higher quality applications and greater success.

The RFO is aimed at academic and research staff, but we anticipate that postgraduate research students, especially those enrolled on an MPhil/PhD, could be interested in attending some of the events and seminars and are welcome to contact us for availability

To find out more and book on an event or seminar please visit UK Funding Observatory

Our Research and Innovation Funding Development Team holds conferences and organises training and workshops. We've also introduced funding streams to support our researchers.