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Research Funding Observatory

NEW! RFO 2017!


The sessions and structure for 2017 are now agreed and you can dowload the new leaflet. Booking for sessions will open on the 14th November 2016.



  1. Booking - to book onto any event or session please visist or contact us at Please use Chrome or Firefox as the booking system is not currently supported by Internet Explorer.
  2. Travel and Networking Bursaries (*****PLEASE NOTE THAT FUNDS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE NOW FOR LAIBS*******) We have £1,000 per person available to explore networking opportunies. Guidance is available and please apply using the application form. Eligibility requirements apply. Please note this is only for one event and you must have attended at least 2 seminars or events in RFO 2016


About the Research Funding Observatory

What is the Research Funding Observatory?

The Research Funding Observatory will be a formalised series of focussed, targeted events and seminars for academic and research staff at ARU, underpinned by bursaries, to support you on the path to success.
Led by Research Services, the planned programme of events and support will utilise the expertise of the academic community, and those outside of it, to develop research ideas and potential, to offer insights and support on applying for and winning research funding, as well as contributing to world class research and its impact.

Why should I go?

We already offer you a strong level of support if you want to apply for research funding but typically this is just for you and your application, underpinned by universally applicable generalised tools such as our blog, databases and marketing. We want to build on this support and take it to a new connected and cohesive level to nurture and grow your potential. By providing a centralised staff training and support programme we can

  • develop our research activities and culture and change the current responsive bidding patterns together
  • we can grow our pool of research applicants
  • we can help you find others to work with or learn from
  • we can give you the opportunity to network with others in and outside of your areas of expertise, helping you to build teams and apply for collaborative funds

All of this will lead to higher quality applications and greater success.

How does it work?

The Anglia Ruskin Research Funding Observatory (RFO) is live from 01 January 2016 and coded and built around thematic strands

  • Discover: Events, seminars and tools to learn about resources available at ARU
  • Explore: Activities designed to put ARU resources in practice and find ways in which they can work for you.
  • Succeed: Seminars, events, and resources around best practice on award management, tips, reusing and resubmitting bids

The RFO is aimed at academic and research staff, but we anticipate that postgraduate research students, especially those enrolled on an MPhil/PhD, could be interested in attending some of the events and seminars and are welcome to contact us for availability.

Contacts and Booking

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