Sam Kingman

May 26, 2023, by Rob Ounsworth

UKRI’s new research funding service: guidance and FAQs

Professor Sam Kingman’s research update

UKRI’s new research funding service: guidance and FAQs

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is introducing a new service aiming to reduce the burden of finding, applying for and managing research funding.

The changes will affect all researchers applying for UKRI funding. To support you, the university’s Research and Innovation team has drawn up guidance and FAQs.

Please also look out for further communications and guidance as the service rolls out.

UKRI says its Simpler and Better Funding (SBF) programme is creating a Funding Service that is easy to use and supports everyone involved in research funding.

The goal is to operate a single, consistent user-centred service that:

Reduces the burden of finding, applying for and managing research funding

Gives UKRI evidence to support funding the best ideas

Can respond and adapt easily to change.

The funding service is based on a new digital platform, underpinned by improved policies, processes and support. These changes will make it easier for researchers and innovators to collaborate, obtain guidance, and submit applications in a joined-up way.

The new Funding System is replacing UKRI’s Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S).

Find our more:
Using the new UKRI Funding Service, including how to apply, how the programme is being rolled out and improvements to the funding experience.

UKRI introduced new role types for opportunities being run on the new Funding Service from 22 May 2023. Guidance on the UKRI Funding Finder will make it clear whether applications to a particular opportunity are via Je-S or the Funding Service.

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange is appointed

Congratulations to Professor Sarah Metcalfe, who has been appointed as Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange. Sarah takes up this new role in January 2024 once her interim appointment as Provost for the University of Nottingham in Malaysia concludes.

Sarah has worked at the University of Nottingham since 2003, with roles including Head of School, APVC for Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Social Sciences and lead of the Developing Sustainable Societies Global Research Theme.

In her most recent appointment as UNM Provost, Professor Metcalfe has been responsible for the leadership of UNM and its 5,000 students and published UNM’s Strategic Plan to guide its research and teaching to 2026.

She will be working with Professor Tom Rodden, our next Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Exchange, who takes up the role in October.

Communicating our research

The research marketing and communications team in External Relations has put together a new SharePoint site, Communicating our research.

The site aims to give you the tools to share your research success.

You will find information, guidance and resources to support promotion of our research, to both our community and external audiences. This includes media training, establishing a web presence, public policy and engagement training, the Researcher Academy communication programme, and how to access expertise, imagery and assets such as PowerPoints.

You’ll also find news of research opportunities and initiatives.

Please take a look and see what’s of interest.

Please share the site with relevant colleagues, and also consider clicking its ‘follow’ button to keep up with news and updates.

Research Culture Conference 2023

The Researcher Academy is inviting all research staff, postgraduate research students, technicians, academics, senior leaders, and professional service staff to come together for the second edition of the university’s Research Culture Conference.

It takes place on Thursday 6 July, 9.30am-3.30pm, at East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park.

The conference will explore the results and insights produced by our institution-wide Research Culture Project and discuss what is needed to reinvent our research ecosystem, promoting the positive and sustainable changes required to transform our research culture into one that empowers everyone involved in research, allowing them to achieve their very best and fulfil their highest ambitions.

Participants are invited to submit a proposal to host a Conversation Station and lead a small group discussion on Research Culture. The purpose of the Conversation Station is to spark conversation, stimulate ideas, initiative, and imagination.

Discover more and book your place

Research Integrity Week 2023

A reminder that Research Integrity Week takes place from 19-23 June with a programme of sessions for researchers, staff and students.

The sessions include:

  • Introduction to the Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics
  • Introduction to Research Ethics at Nottingham
  • Good Research Practice and a Healthy Research Culture
  • Reproductivity in Research
  • Introduction to Research Contracts

Find out more and register for any of the sessions.

Sign up for Changing Research Cultures for the Future

There’s still time to register for Changing Research Cultures for the Future, a STEM-focused conference aimed at building networks of those from working class backgrounds, working against long-ingrained imposter syndrome and isolation felt by researchers, academics and students currently working or going into STEM fields.

The in-person event is on Thursday 14 June, A03, Monica Partridge building, University Park. It will not be streamed online.

Find out more and register

Research insights at Green Hustle festival

Researchers from the university, supported by our Institute for Policy and Engagement, are taking part in Green Hustle, a free festival taking place 2-4 June in Nottingham. Look out for stands at Old Market Square, where there will be hands-on opportunities to learn about how research helping to uncover solutions the climate crisis challenges or head to City Arts to see what Makers of Imaginary Worlds are doing next in partnership with the Cobot Maker Space.

Royal Society Fellow

Congratulations to Robert Mokaya, Professor of Materials Chemistry and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement, who has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

Robert, a pioneer in the field of synthesis and application of sustainable energy material, was also recognised for championing access to science in Africa and in the BAME community in the UK.

President of the British Pain Society 

Dr Roger Knaggs of the School of Pharmacy has been elected President of the British Pain Society. Roger, an Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, will lead over 750 professional members across the UK who work to increase professional and public awareness of the prevalence of pain and the facilities that are available for its management.

Prestigious British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

Dr Lucy Jones, Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics and Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the Faculty of Arts, has been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, which supports outstanding researchers and aim to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences. Dr Jones’ work will explore how LGBTQ+ youth use language to position themselves in relation to one another and the wider world.

PhD studentship opportunities in medical imaging

The NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (NBRC), a partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham, is offering PhD studentship opportunities in Magnetic Resonance and Precision Imaging.

The NBRC-funded PhD will become a member of the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre and have access to training opportunities with the National Institute for Health Research and the Nottingham Medical Imaging Academy

Find out more and apply

Dr Maria Arruda: farewell and thank you

Head of Researcher Development and chair of the BAME network Dr Maria Arruda is taking up a new challenge in her native Brazil. Maria has made a truly significant contribution to our research culture and the wider university community. Maria was strategic lead for the university’s Covid-19 research portfolio, helping coordinate our response to the virus, and in her current role has been a driving force in developing the Researcher Academy’s trailblazing researcher development provision, an evolving, sector-leading programme that supports our researchers to achieve their potential.

Maria’s last day at Nottingham will be at the Research Culture Conference on Thursday 6 July 2023. I’m sure many colleagues will take this opportunity to thank Maria for her inspiration and friendship.

With thanks and best wishes


Professor Sam Kingman
Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange

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