Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Awards

Applications are invited from early career researchers with a proposed project for the academic year 2019/20*.

We are pleased to announce the Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Development Awards 2019/20*.  

We want to support UWE Bristol early career researchers to undertake research in areas aligned with UWE Bristol's key research priority areas.

Your research is expected to lead to high quality outputs and make significant impact, and a substantial bid for external funding to take your work forward.

What the scheme offers

This scheme will comprise grants up to £15,000 for your project in 2019/20*.

The grant can be used to cover your short-term salary costs, replacement teaching, research assistance, technical support, equipment, consumables or travel and subsistence.

Eligibility criteria

To apply you will need to provide a statement of your eligibility for this scheme.

The Research Strategy Implementation Group (RSIG) has stated the following criteria for eligibility:

For the purposes of this scheme, an ‘early career researcher’ is a member of staff in the early stages of their research career, typically within five years of their first academic appointment on a teaching and research contract, or of completing a doctorate, whichever is more recent.

Applicants may be on a research-only contract as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow but also have to be within five years of completing a doctorate. Staff without a doctorate may only apply if they are able to demonstrate they have undertaken research at an equivalent level. Account will be taken of individual circumstances such as career breaks and part-time working in determining eligibility, in line with the REF2021 Guidance on individual staff circumstances (Please refer to paragraphs 146-149 and 160).

Please note: holders of previous SPUR and Vice-Chancellor's ECR grants are not eligible to apply.

Your application

Before applying, please read the scheme guidance. 

Attend our briefing session on Thursday 31 January 2019 if you have any questions about the application process.

How to apply

To submit your proposed project, download and complete this application form.

The submission deadline is 12 noon on Friday 22 March 2019. Please submit your application form to your Associate Dean:

  • Arts, Creative Industries and Education – Ms Hazel Edwards
  • Business and Law – Professor Vikas Kumar 
  • Environment and Technology – Professor Catherine Hobbs
  • Health and Applied Sciences – Professor Olena Doran

Please also copy your application to

Contact us

If you have any queries contact Alison Vaughton on +44 (0)117 32 82872 or email

*Applications are also invited from part-time members of staff (0.6 FTE or less) for awards up to 24 months, ending before 31 July 2021 and with grants to be spent by that date.

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