Research Funding

Looking for external research funding and applying for grants is a matter of course in research.

At ADD, we aim to help researchers of all levels of experience find the right funding sources and put together applications. We provide opportunities for one-to-one discussions to help with identifying appropriate funders, filling out application forms and making submissions. We are also happy to act as critical friends for applicants or to liaise with experienced academics across the University for that purpose.

In collaboration with Schools, Finance and ILS, we also provide support for those who have secured external funding to help meet the funders’ expectations. If you are about to receive a grant, please contact Dr Victoria Carpenter at


ADD05 Form for Signing off External Research Applications (DOC, 49.5kB)

ADD12 Flowchart for signing off external research applications (DOCX, 68.7kB) 

ADD13 Managing a Research Grant Flowchart (PDF, 1.3MB)

To discuss your plans for seeking external funding, to talk about a current application, or to explore any other funding-related matter please contact Dr Victoria Carpenter at

Research Reflections 2017 Conference

Keynote presentation: "Buying and Selling Research" Stephen M. Hart, Vice Dean (Research), Arts & Humanities, University College London

In this presentation Prof Hart addresses the issue of research funding and how best to position yourself in order to get the funding you need (including discussion of institutional and internal funding, the British Academy Small Grants competition, the AHRC, major collaborative and interdisciplinary projects across the humanities and social sciences, and the Leverhulme Trust, particularly the Major Research Fellowship Route/working with archives in foreign countries). Subsequently, he offers some reflections on running a major grant/Block Grant Partnership Grant/ESRC DTC.

The presentation is available in the 'password protected documents' area below.

Newton Fund Grant Schemes

The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of partner countries.

For more information, please consult: Newton Fund | The Royal Society

State Aid in Research, Development and Innovation (AURIL and PraxisUnico)

Main points to consider:

State Aid does not fund core business of universities; research projects when the outputs are disseminated through teaching, open publications, etc.; knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer, and technology transfer, where all profits are reinvested into the primary activity of the organisation.

In other words, if the university in partnership with a business and a research grant does not create a profit for either, or a profit is reinvested into the university’s core business, there is no State Aid issue. If the university is engaged in a potential profit-making activity (e.g. consultancy), as long as it doesn’t charge above national rates, there is no State Aid issue.

The devil is in the details of the budget, especially when there is an agreement between a company and the university that does research for the company on collaborative terms. As long as fEC rates are charged, everything is above board. If fEC rates are not charged but the university and the company agree on IPR and dissemination activities (as above), there is no State Aid issue. In short, there should not be an economic advantage for the company/university (‘the undertaking’) if a transaction between them is on normal market terms.

Implications for York St John University:

As long as we agree the costs of projects funded by individual companies beforehand and the budgets are done on normal market terms (i.e. by fEC or research contract), we have no State Aid issues to consider. Our IPR policy has a conflict of interest clause which is applicable to commercialisation activities.

Relevant Documents

YSJU IPR Policy (DOC, 61.7kB)

Password Protected Documents

Further Documents Area 

This area contains templates of research documents that you might need when applying for funding. This includes a standard research contract (when your partner is not an HEI), a collaborative agreement (short for collaborations with another HEI; long for collaborations with a non-academic partner), a memorandum of understanding, a non-disclosure agreement, a confidentiality statement, and other templates. If the documents you need are not available in this area please contact, specifying what you are looking for, and we will do our best to help.

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