Securing Funding

Securing Funding

Identify funding

A variety of funding schemes will support clinical research from initial pilot studies to large complex trials. Research and Innovation (R&I) can assist University and NHS Grampian staff to identify relevant funding opportunities:

Grant application preparation

R&I support University and NHS colleagues develop competitive applications by ensuring proposals are accurately costed and meet funders’ requirements. R&I maintain a library of sucessful grant applications and can provide guidance  on all aspects of grant application development including data mangement plans, impact and PPI. University applicants must follow the University's Peer Review Procedure. 

Costs: A list of potential costs for a clinical study are detailed here

Applications led by University investigators or by NHS Grampian investigators with University co-applicants: Please use Worktribe to prepare your costing; the R&I pre award costing team and NHS Grampian Non Commercial Manager can assist with cost queries. Studies involving medicinal products - NHS Grampian clinical trial pharmacist should be contacted.

Applications led by NHS staff which don't involve the University of Aberdeen applicants: please contact Susan Ridge in NHS R&D in the first instance.

Submitting your research grant application

Applications administed by the University should be submitted for internal approval via  Worktribe at least 5 days before the funder's deadline. Following receipt of Worktribe approval applciations can be submitted to the external funder.

Funding acceptance

Please notify Research & Innovation (R&I) when your study has been funded. R&I will arrange acceptance of the award,  budget & grant code set up and liaise with HR to facilitate appointment of research staff. R&I will also arrange any necessary research contracts.



Diagram illustrating order of stages in planning research: 1: Study design; 2: Facilities; 3: Scientific Peer Review; 4: Secure Funding; 5: Prepare study documentation; 6: Sponsorship; 7: Protocol; 8: Contracts; 9: Registration on public database; 10: Finalise study documents; 11: Statutory approvals; 12: Ethics review; 13: Initiation of study