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  • Are you an early career academic (up to 5 years after your first academic position)?
  • Have you recently started being more research active?
  • Are you interested in becoming more research active?
  • Have you joined UWS from a non-academic route (e.g. practitioner, industry)?

These resources can support you on your research journey at UWS.


Research integrity at UWS

To make sure all research is done to the highest standard and in line with existing frameworks UWS is a signatory of to the Concordat to support research integrity. A document that outlines key commitments around research conduct and clearly defines what counts as research misconduct:   

In addition to the Concordat to support research integrity, UWS has additional guidelines and policies related to research integrity. All UWS policies and guidance can be found here:

Of interest to you as a researcher are the following:

  • Accountability Code of Practice (Section 4 and 5)
  • Research and Enterprise Policy Statement
  • Code of Ethics Guidelines for Ethical Practice in Research and Scholarship

Research Data

As part of the Concordat to support research integrity and UWS policy and guidance, your research data needs to be managed appropriately and you should develop a data management plan.  The UWS Library team can help you develop a plan and support your data management:

Examples of data management plans can be found here:

Research Publications

Open Access publishing is highly recommended – not only to fit the REF requirements but also to ensure your research can be read by a wide audience. Open Access publications can be achieved in a variety of ways and the UWS Library staff can help you find the right publication pathway for you ( Open Access can be achieved by self-archiving the author copy (the last version before journal editing takes place) to a platform like PURE. If pre-print servers are common in your area of research, this is a great way to achieve Open Access status for your publications.

Sherpa lists a wide range of journals and their rules regarding self-archiving and Open Access publishing:

An overview of Open Access Publishing and the different routes is available here:

If you moved from another institution that uses PURE you might be able to copy your profile. Just ask your previous institution to supply you with your PURE bibtex file.

Getting started with grant applications

Getting started with grant applications:

Applying for and securing research funding is a very important aspect of any academic career. Ideally you want to start with smaller proposals (e.g. travel grants, public engagement grants or PhD studentships) to get used to the process. Small wins add up and are a great way to show that you can not only write a successful proposal but can lead and deliver the related projects.

A small overview and examples for small grants can be found here:



Research and Enterprise Services can help with enquiries regarding the actual application, internal peer-review, costing of your bid and any legal questions you might have e.g. working with industry sponsors.

Finding funding: As a member of staff at UWS you have access to Research Professional – where you can browse a variety of open calls based on subject area or keywords. Ask Research and Enterprise Services to be added to their mailing list if you do not receive email updates for funding calls relevant to your research area.

If you are new to research and/or academia you might be eligible for some of the funds and travel grants listed on the ERC Central website (

For specific funding calls it is worth having a look at the UK Research and Innovation website ( and keep an eye out for big funding themes.

It’s okay to contact the funding agency. This is especially useful if you are not sure if your proposal fits their call and scope. This will save you time and you can start building some relationships with the relevant people in the funding agencies that mostly fund your research.

You should have an internal review of any proposal. This is to ensure that your proposal has a better chance of making it through the funder reviews and a higher chance of getting funded. Research and Enterprise Services will be able to advise you on who to contact for internal review.

Funding themes can change but via the links below you can stay up to date:

UKRI Themes & Programmes: Digital economy, Energy, Global Food security, tackling antimicrobial resistance, technology touching life, and urban living partnership

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: accelerating detection of disease, commercialising quantum, digital security by deisgn, driving the electric revolution, future flight, industrial decarbonisation, manufacturibng made smater, sustainable plastic packaging and transofmrin foundation industries. Keep up to date with these challenges via the Innovate UK blog.

Newton Fund: The Newton Fund aims to promote the economic development and social welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the wellbeing of communities. Some examples of successful Newton Fund applications can be found via the success stories link.

If you are looking to fund science communication or public engagement activities have a look at these funders:

Wellcome Trust: Public Engagement fund and Curiosity (for Health research)

Science & Technology Facilities Council: Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement, Public Engagement Spark awards, Public Engagement Nucleus award, Public Engagement Legacy award, Public Engagement Reaction awards, School Grants scheme

Institute of Physics: Public Engagement Grant scheme (

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

If you would like support in developing a public engagement activity for a funding proposal please get in touch with Dr Stephanie Zihms (mail to:

Last updated: 08/07/2019