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Research Professional

Research Professional - formerly 'Research Research' - provides an easy-to-use, self-service facility.

You can register and access tailored information on a wide variety of funding streams available across most areas of work. This is not limited to clinical or medical research funding.

Research Councils

Research Councils currently pay 80% of the Full Economic Cost (fEC) of a project according to a breakdown of Directly Incurred and Directly Allocated costs. The objective is to charge the full cost of the activity to the sponsor wherever possible, including:

  • Direct staff cost
  • Direct non-staff cost
  • Service and facilities costs
  • Overheads (or indirect costs)

Overheads will be based on the indirect costs incurred in housing and supporting research projects and can include:

  • Premises costs
  • Directorate / institute administration
  • Central administration 
  • Other indirect costs

Further information is available on the UK Research Councils website.


Charities will not pay overheads. Costings for charities are processed through a new software system that calculates the Full Economic Cost (FEC) of the project. Charities will only be expected to pay for the direct costs associated with the project. The Wellcome Trust covers Biomedical Sciences and History of Medicine. For more information go to the Wellcome Trust website.

The Nuffield Trust is involved in Healthcare. The Leverhulme Trust is a charitable trust specialising in Arts, Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences.

Barts Charity

Barts Charity is an independent charity supporting Barts Health NHS Trust, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and The School of Community and Health Sciences.

The Charity’s vision is to be a leading charity promoting excellence in healthcare. Its mission is to raise, invest and grant funds for innovation and improvement in patient care, medical research and education.

The Charity awards grants to support innovations in healthcare and medical research through the following themes:

  • strategic research
  • enhancement in service delivery
  • innovative training and development
  • patient and community engagement
  • grant-awarding processes
  • small project grants

These are considered by the Charity’s executive team and the decisions ratified by the Board of Trustees.

Government Departments

Government Departments, with the exception of the Department of Health (DH), are currently expected to pay the full cost of a project. More information about the following non-medical Government Departments who most often award funds can be found below:

The DH works to guidance - 'Attributing the costs of health and social care Research and Development' (AcoRD) - that provides a framework for the NHS and its partners to identify, attribute and recover the various costs associated with research in the NHS, in a transparent, robust and consistent manner.

AcoRD also identifies some research costs (Annex A, Part B) that are funded by DH either via NIHR CRN or through Research Capability Funding (RCF) for studies funded by the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).  

In general DH/ the NHS will pay up to 46% overhead on the cost of a project.

European and International

The British Council aims to promote knowledge of the English language, a wider understanding of the United Kingdom, and to develop closer cultural relations between the United Kingdom and other countries.

The NATO Science Programme Supports scientists of the countries of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) in co-operative science and research infrastructure development.

Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) provides information on a vast range of research, development and innovation activities at a European level, and aids identification of potential funding sources for research and technological development.

The Trust uses the full cost model for calculating EC projects.

For further explanations on commercially funded projects and other issues such as protecting intellectual property rights, please refer to our information on  or . 

The Welcome Trust 

The Welcome Trust supports thousands of people all over the world to explore ideas, at every step of the way from discovery to impact. They also identify priority areas where they can give focused, intensive support when there are opportunities to transform lives or drive reform to ensure that ideas reach their full potential.

Funding schemes for individuals, teams, resources, seed ideas, places and major initiatives cover:

  • Biomedical science
  • Population health
  • Product development and applied research
  • Humanities and social science
  • Public engagement and creative industries.
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