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Get help planning your project

Find the right team available to help you with your project.

    Speak to someone for tailored advice


    In the first instance, speak with your faculty or department manager for advice on developing your research ideas.

    Research Coordination Offices

    Your faculty Research Coordination Office (RCO) can provide expert advice, support and guidance on developing grant proposals for fellowships, personal, and larger collaborative awards

    The Developing Grants and Fellowships SharePoint site also has a range of resources to help you apply for and secure research funding. 

    Award Services

    Award Services provide resources and support to help you develop your sponsored research project.

    Or try the Award Services Pre-Award drop-in sessions for support on any aspect of the Pre-Award process, including how to submit a research application/project for approval.

    Innovation Service

    The Research & Innovation Services (RIS) Innovation Service provides support for projects and contracts that fall within UCL's charitable mission that cannot be classed as sponsored research. 

    European funding support

    For support with European funding applications, including Horizon Europe proposals, speak to the European Research & Innovation Office (ERIO).

    Centre for Advanced Research Computing


    Speak to the Centre for Advanced Research Computing (ARC) for support with:

    • Research software development
    • Research data management
    • Database development
    • Data storage
    • Developing computing platforms
    • IT training
    • IT applications.

    The ARC and the Library Services Data Management team also run regular drop-in sessions for research staff where you can get support and advice to help you plan your research.

    Partnerships


    The Innovation & Enterprise Business & Innovation Partnerships (BIP) team work with large firms, external partners, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in key sectors to build institutional-level business partnerships with industry. 

    Speak to the BIP team to find out how to partner with business, create a spinout company, offer consultancy services, or licence intellectual property (IP).

    Knowledge exchange


    Knowledge exchange helps you to connect with communities beyond UCL to share ideas, evidence and expertise. For advice on knowledge exchange, speak to the Innovation & Enterprise Knowledge exchange and funding team. 

    Clinical research


    The UCLH/UCL Joint Research Office (JRO) supports the development of clinical research studies at UCL and UCLH. If you are considering a clinical trial, speak to someone in the JRO.

    Translational research


    For support with translating emerging research into therapies, techniques and medical products contact the Translational Research Office (TRO).

    Research impact


    To learn more about how you can maximise, record and evaluate the impact of your work, visit the Research Impact website.

    The Policy Impact Unit (PIU) can also help you to develop an impact objective and strategic engagement plan.

    Research integrity and ethical support


    Research integrity involves all aspects of the research process including planning, data collection, publication and authorship, sharing of data and good data management. For advice on integrity or ethical questions, speak with the Research Integrity team.

    Where to store your data


    Data storage and preservation are key parts of the research data lifecycle. It is important that you consider where to store and preserve data when planning your project. You will need to determine which system will best meet your project’s requirements for confidentiality, integrity and availability.

    If you’re obtaining data under licence or contract (usually via a data-sharing agreement) it’s likely there will be specific requirements for where this data can be stored. Data sharing agreements often include a requirement for secure data destruction. You should check that the system you plan to use will be able to meet this requirement.

    Library Services provide useful guidance on storing and preserving research data.

    Research Data Storage Service

    The Research Data Storage Service is a centrally-managed, resilient data storage facility for UCL researchers who need somewhere to store and share their research data during the active phase of a research project.

    Data Safe Haven

    The UCL Data Safe Haven (DSH) provides a technical solution for storing, handling and analysing identifiable data. If you plan to handle personal data as part of your research project you should use the DSH. Before requesting access, you will need to complete the Information Governance assurance process.

    Planning & conducting international research


    The UCL Research website provides guidance and resources to help you plan and conduct international research. Also, see below for further advice on conducting research in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). 

    Research involving low and middle-income countries


    UCL LMIC toolkit

    The LMIC toolkit offers guidance for academic and professional services staff for research projects based in LMICs.

    Due diligence

    UCL is required to carry out appropriate due diligence checks on third parties based in LMICs who undertake activities funded by a grant. You can find further information on the UCL due diligence process by visiting the Global Research Funding website. 

    Check if your research is ODA compliant

    Official Development Assistance (ODA) funded research activity focuses on outcomes which promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. Find out if your research is ODA compliant and which countries are eligible for funding.

    Public involvement in research


    Public involvement in research is increasingly expected – and in many cases required – by funders, so that research better meets the needs and expectations of society.

    For clinical research studies, the UCLH/UCL Joint Research Office (JRO) offers advice and guides on patient and public involvement.