Using the new UKRI funding service for applicants

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Funding Service is being developed with applicants and other users’ needs at the heart of its design.

To continuously improve the service, it is being built iteratively, with new functionality and updates regularly released. During this phase, the new Funding Service will run in parallel to UKRI’s current online systems for managing funding, such as the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.

From January 2024, research council opportunities will be launched and managed in the Funding Service.

Find funding opportunities in one place

You can find all UKRI funding opportunities on our funding finder.

You can sort and filter funding opportunities from across UKRI, research councils and Innovate UK. Each opportunity is tagged to one or more council.

The listing for each opportunity contains all the information you need to apply. This includes eligibility criteria, application guidance, how your application will be assessed, and a timeline for the opportunity.

When you are ready to apply, the ‘Start application’ button will take you to the online application form.

Apply using the new Funding Service

The new service is designed to be simpler and more intuitive to use.

Guidance on the application process will be supplied within each application, therefore you do not need to look elsewhere for additional information.

While we develop the new funding service, UKRI will continue to operate the existing systems for applying for funding. When you apply for a funding opportunity through the UKRI funding finder, you will be taken directly to the correct application system. Over time, opportunities will be transitioned to the new service.

Read more about the UKRI Funding Service timeline.

Creating your Funding Service applicant account

If you have not used the Funding Service before, the first step is to create an account. The process is straightforward and quick, so you can get started on your application as soon as possible.

Before you can submit your application, we ask you to provide equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) information. You will only be asked to do this once when you first apply on the new service, but you can manage this information at any time. There is guidance provided for each EDI question.

The answers you provide are only used for monitoring purposes. The data helps us analyse participation in research funding activities accurately and ensure people are treated fairly.

Read more about UKRI’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Keeping up to date with your application status

You will be able to monitor the progress of your application through assessment and decision stages and be able to see each application, including funding opportunities on which you are a co-applicant.

The new Funding Service is changing the way applications are assessed. We will introduce more consistent assessment criteria and improved reviewer guidance, therefore your application will be assessed fairly and consistently by peer reviewers.

Support from your research office

Many research offices will have at least one member of staff with a Funding Service account with administrator status. If your organisation has a research office, the system will notify them when you create an application.

Your research office will be able to view your application while it is being created and can support you as you complete it.

Once your application is ready, you will send it to your organisation’s research office for final checking. They will then submit the application to UKRI.

If an application is started by someone from an organisation that doesn’t have a research officer with a Funding Service account, we will contact the relevant research office to set one up. If your organisation does not have a research office, you will be able to submit the application yourself.

Contact details

Contact the helpdesk for information and support using the new Funding Service.

Email: support@funding-service.ukri.org

Telephone: 01793 265810

Last updated: 5 October 2022

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