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Research Professional

Research Professional is a comprehensive funding opportunities database which offers researchers the opportunity to search for research funding in all disciplines from a wide range of sponsors in the UK and overseas. The database features an easy-to-use interface and powerful searching and customisation tools that are designed to assist researchers in their search for research funding.

The Office of Grants and Contracts subscribes to the Research Professional database and use is free of charge for all University members. From any computer within the University network, you can start searching directly by going to, where you can also "Register" and have your own account.

Using the Database

Once you have entered the website, you can click on Help button in the upper right hand corner; this section contains a Quick Start Guide, which is a good reference point for instructions on how to use the database, set up an account and customize your searches. A video introduction is also available showing how to use some basic functions of the website.

Searches can be sorted by sponsor (from A to Z from all over the world) or by discipline (as broad or specific as you choose), or you can run a multiple search combining various criteria at the same time.

To manage your searches more effectively, you need to open a personal account. This allows you to:

  • use the database from any computer – your office, home or anywhere else if you are travelling
  • create customized email alerts that will bring funding opportunities to your mailbox
  • save the results of your searches and re-run them
  • store interesting funding opportunities, add notes and share information with your colleagues

Access to Research Professional

Access to Research Professional is available from any PC on the university network. Faculty members are encouraged to register in order to obtain their own username and password which will allow them access from a PC off the University network, as well as allowing them to set up customized funding alerts on their own areas of research and subscribe to news alerts. Registration for a personal account is free, and takes about 1 minute to complete. To do this, use a computer within the University network and go to, click on 'Register' and complete the form.

Should you need any assistance in setting up your profile and funding alerts please do not hesitate to contact OGC.

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