Research and Innovation Portal


Prepare a funding proposal

Understand the steps and processes you need to take to help you prepare a successful research or innovation proposal.

    Preparing a research proposal

    If you are looking for support in preparing a research proposal, contact your faculty Research Coordination Office (RCO). They offer guidance and resources to help you with grant writing, preparing for an interview, and obtaining letters of support, which can be accessed below (UCL login required).

    The RCOs and UCL Organisational Development have created a training website providing staff with videos, documents and useful links to support them while putting together their proposals to fund their research ideas and progress their careers as researchers at UCL.

    The European Research & Innovation Office (ERIO) team provide a pre-award service for helping academics construct, edit and submit collaborative European Union (EU) grant proposals.

    You should also review the Award Services First steps - Prepare a funding proposal page for further advice.

    Preparing an innovation proposal

    Find out about the different Knowledge Exchange Funding (KEF) schemes available. Each scheme includes contact details for advice about your proposal.

    Preparing a low and middle-income country funding application

    Grant applications with low and middle-income country (LMIC) partners, particularly those funded with Official Development Aid (ODA), ask for additional statements or sections which offer the funder assurances. These include:

    • ODA statement
    • Gender statement
    • Carbon reduction statement
    • Costing a research project
    • Gender statement
    • Theory of Change.

    Useful internal resources are available in the UCL LMIC Toolkit.

    Useful external resources to help you prepare your application can be found on the Fast Track Impact website.

    Translational Research Office

    Contact the Translational Research Office (TRO) for support with funding proposals relating to the translation of emerging research into therapies, techniques and medical products.

    UCLH/UCL Joint Research Office

    Contact the UCLH/UCL Joint Research Office (JRO) for support with developing and growing high-quality clinical research proposals.