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Academic Career Pathway to Research Funding

The Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Framework is a programme of training and development opportunities available to all members of staff regardless of what level they have attained in their academic career.  It provides several pathways of opportunity depending on what interests you.

We’re often asked in RDS what type of grant should someone apply for depending on their level of experience.   Our Research Facilitators are only too happy to advise and so do get in touch with them.  You may find the below illustration helpful in guiding you to the choices that are right for you.


The Pre-Award at BU pathway offers a number of workshops aimed at providing academics and researchers with the basic information required for submitting applications for external funding. If you have not applied for external funding whilst at BU, or haven’t done so for a while, these workshops will be of use to you.

For individual advice on where to find funding for your career stage, please click on the following links:

Additional support

Impact is part and parcel of research and knowledge exchange activities. There are a large amount of activities that can be found under the Planning for impact and communicating research pathway, which will help you with demonstrating potential impact. Sessions for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) also appear here.

When you have successfully received external funding, the Post Award at BU pathway has a number of workshops to support your project management.

The Academic Publishing pathway has a number of workshops, including how to write a good abstract, writing and structuring your paper and targeting high quality journals, as well as opportunities through the BU Writing Academy.

The Returning to Academia after a break pathway offers online sessions to support returning staff.

Last but by no means least, Organisational Development have an Academic Career Development Programme, which contain a number of formal and informal opportunities. These complement what is on offer through the RKEDF.

Where to find the funding

The Research Funders’ Guide contains information on all of the major funders.  This includes funders strategic plans, success rates, funder guides and calls and deadlines.  In addition, there is a specific page on ‘standard calls by major funders’ along with many other resources.