Research on Research Awards

These awards are for researchers who use a range of interdisciplinary methods to understand and improve how research is funded, practiced and evaluated, also known as research on research.

Scheme at a glance:
Postdoctoral research, Leading a research programme, Returning to research

Value:  Between £50,000 and £250,000

Duration: 6 to 24 months

Who can apply

You can apply if you have a proposal on the funding, practice or evaluation of research. Your proposal should investigate key questions or explore knowledge gaps.

Research proposal

Research on the practice of research (known as research on research) is an evolving discipline that uses a range of interdisciplinary methods to understand and improve how research is funded, practiced and evaluated. It takes an evidence-led approach that seeks to maximise the efficiency, effectiveness, fairness and impact of research.

We are inviting proposals that will investigate key questions or explore knowledge gaps on the funding, practice or evaluation of research.

We particularly encourage projects and activities that promote all or some of the following:

  • interdisciplinary approaches
  • applying findings to funding policy or practice
  • innovative methods.

We welcome proposals across a range of activities, including but not limited to:​

  • pilot and scoping studies
  • preliminary data gathering
  • proof-of-principle studies
  • systematic reviews.

What they offer:

Research on Research Awards are between £50,000 and £250,000 and can last from 6 to 24 months

  • Salary or research/teaching replacement
  • Research expenses, including costs for a researcher or consultant
  • Conference and meeting cots

What they don’t offer:

  • Top up existing grants
  • Fund part of a PhD or Master’s course
  • Write up publications from previous awards and qualification

Stages of application

  1. Submit your concept note to Research Support

    Complete the Research on Research Awards concept note [DOCX 84KB] and email it to research.support@sunderland.ac.uk by midnight on 22 May 2018.