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Thursday 19 July
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Research Funding Observatory

NEW! RFO 2018!


The sessions and structure for 2018 are now agreed and you can dowload the new booklet


  1. Travel and Networking Bursaries are almost exhausted! Please only apply if you are from ALSS (One bursery for £600 left available). Application Form and Guidance Notes are available and the fund will close on the 01 July 2018, although your event can take place any time up until the end of 2018 as long as funds have been claimed by mid July 2018.
  2. 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.
  3. Goodbye loyalty cards, hello buddy system!
    Earn rewards by bringing a colleague with you!
    They can be from any ARU faculty/department
    You will receive the stylish RFO cup and bag!
    You get your reward on the day you bring your colleague, they also get a reward when they attend a second seminar.


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?

It is 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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