- Start date: 1 February 2023
- End date: 31 July 2023
- Principal investigator: Dr Charlotte Stephenson
- Co-investigators: Jo Garrick, Hannah Preston, Sarah Shaw and Professor Yingqi (Annie) Wei
- Research assistant:Thitikan Khamwan
- Contributor: Shereen Robinson
Research funding is a key measure of research excellence for Higher Education Institutions (HEI), and as such is a core feature of institutional research expectations, annual reviews, rewards and recognition, and promotion criteria. UKRI's diversity data show inequality in research funding and fellowship applications and awards in terms of gender, race and disability.
There is a strong need to enforce enablers and remove barriers to improve access to funding for all. Inequality in research funding is a multifaceted issue and is not well understood in the context of the UK, despite the extensive debates that have intensified in recent years.
This research project seeks to:
(1) Set out evidence-based actions to improve understanding of enablers and barriers to research funding applications and grant attainment by people from currently underrepresented groups
(2) Identify gaps in current data and develop interventions focussed on research funding support, training & development (T&D), and research communications, with the aim of developing future research leadership skills and facilitating career progression of researchers and research support staff at Leeds University Business School and beyond.
An annual evaluation of the School’s data (T&D, grant applications, internal schemes) will be used to measure the effectiveness of each intervention.
The purpose of this workshop was for colleagues to:
- Find out more about the project activities to date
- Discuss in groups the identified enablers and barriers associated with the research funding landscape, and proposed local-level interventions
- Understand and contribute to the next steps of the project.
Publications and outputs
From ideas to action: Leeds University Business School’s roadmap for developing a research funding proposal, October 2023.
This guide was developed by the project team for colleagues at Leeds University Business School to use when preparing an external research funding proposal. The team spoke to over 20 colleagues in the Business School in May and June 2023 to find out what their experience of applying, or thinking of applying, for research funding was. The roadmap includes a summary of the recurring enablers and barriers that were mentioned.
Improving research culture through addressing inequality in research funding, Leeds University Business School – Research and Innovation Blog, May 2023
Ethics review reference: AREA FREC 2023-0533-513
This work is supported by Research England under the Enhancing Culture Research funding stream.