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Research Development Fund: Round 10 launched today

Sussex Research has launched the 10th round of the Research Development Fund today (18 September 2018).

The RDF is designed to develop activities that will lead to substantive external research proposals.

The scheme is intentionally flexible, recognising that different disciplines have different requirements for research development. The scheme will therefore fund activities potentially ranging from the gathering of data to support a specific funding proposal to the hosting of visiting academics, practitioners, policymakers and industrial partners to develop specific collaborative projects with Sussex researchers.

For this particular round of the RDF, applications for pump-priming projects aimed at generating preliminary data for future Global Challenges Research Fund bids are particularly encouraged as the RDF panel will have access to a portion of the University’s GCRF QR allocation. In order to be funded from the GCRF QR, RDF applications must meet Official Development Assistance principles which state that only research directly and primarily of benefit to the problems of specific developing countries may be counted as ODA eligible. Please note that this is not exclusionary and pump-priming applications for any external sponsor are still welcome.


  • Projects would normally be expected to run for 6 months but can run for up to 12 months if a justification is provided.
  • Applicants can apply for projects ranging from £5k - £30k. 
  • Funds could be used for example to support lab-based work, work related to clinical trials, archival research, literature searches, scoping activities, or web-based research. Applications need to discuss their bid with their Director of Research & Knowledge Exchange, who has to provide a statement of support as part of the application. Please allow enough time for your DRKE to prepare this statement as it needs to be included in the bid and submitted by the deadline.
  • Deadline: 12 noon Monday 5 November 2018

Full details and information on how to apply can be found on the Sussex Research website.


If you would like to discuss a potential application, please contact Debbie Foy-Everett or Carly Brownbridge,


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Last updated: Tuesday, 18 September 2018