Research and knowledge exchange

Funding and Fellowships

Identifying and securing sources of funding for your research is a key element of sustaining your career as a researcher. This page highlights support available for you when seeking funding opportunities and making applications.

This web page is designed highlight funding opportunities, together with the deadlines, relevant for Early Career Research Staff who are looking to transition to the next stage in their careers by obtaining a personal research fellowship.

Research & Professional

Research Professional LogoThe University subscribes to Research Professional, which is an online search tool provides customisable, personal alerts to relevant funding opportunities from a wide range of sources. Log in to apply for a personal account.

The overview of Research Professional on the Research and Knowledge Exchange webpages is a useful place to begin if you are new to the service.

Major Funders

Funding for your research can be obtained from a wide range of sources. Examples of funders that provide funding for research staff include: University, Research Councils, charities, learned Societies and other specialist associations, government departments and EU funding schemes. For information about specific schemes and funding calls please see the funding pages of the Research and Knowledge Exchange website. 

Application support and Guidance

If you are considering applying for research funding the following support is available at the University to assist you in preparing your application: 

Research & Enterprise Co-ordinators

Working within each school is a Research and Enterprise Co-ordinator who provides administrative support for research and enterprise projects in addition to support for research staff and students.

For up to date information about who the Research and Enterprise Co-ordinators are for all schools, please see the People and Contacts page of the Research and Knowlege Exchange site.

Research Development Officers

Each school’s research and knowledge exchange activity is supported by a Research Development Officer in Research and Enterprise Services, who can provide advice to researchers when applying for funding opportunities. 

For up to date information about who the Research Development Officer are for all schools, please see the People and Contacts page of the Research and Knowlege Exchange site.

Internal Funding Opportunities

Please find below links to further information about current internal funding opportunities.

Sussex Research 
Sussex Research is the University's funding initiative that facilitates and supports research within and across traditional research disciplines. Research staff are eligible for a number of the calls and schemes operated through Sussex Research.


Research Opportunities Fund

Initial funds for faculty to stimulate new interdisciplinary ideas and research projects.

Research Development Fund

Designed to develop activities enabling substantive external research proposals.

International Research Partnerships and Network Fund

Intended to enable Research Centres to enhance the quality of their research and markedly raise their global profile.

Harry Kroto Fellowship

Aims to consolidate sustainable collaborative research with specific partner institutions and to provide Sussex's Early Career Researchers with opportunities to establish their research trajectories and generate research income.

Asa Briggs Visiting Fellowship

Designed to enable Sussex researchers to engage in collaborative work with the best people in their field regardless of their institutional base.

The Helena Normantion International Postdoctoral Fellowship

Aims to bring to Sussex the most promising independent researchers globally to work with our researchers in areas of particular strength.


Research Impact
Open Access

RCUK block funds for Gold OA

To support compliance with RCUK's Open Access policy. These funds are centralised and administered by the Library on a first come, first served basis subject to School approval for each request.   

Charity Open Access Fund

To pay the Open Access charges for peer-reviewed research papers for those funded by any of the six partner charities of the Association for Medical Research Charities.


Enterprise Development Fund

To enable the development or proof of concept of commercially-attractive applied research and knowledge exchange activities, in order to attract external interest and income. 

Researcher Led Initiative Fund

Supports doctoral researchers and early careers research staff to organise activities that will enhance their professional and research skills. Initiatives must be for the benefit of groups of researchers across Schools.


Contact Us


T: 01273 877979

Research Staff Office, Research and Enterprise Services, Level 1, Falmer House, University of Sussex, BN1 9QF

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