Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Awards

Apply now if you're an early career researcher with a proposed project for the academic year 2018/19*.

We are pleased to announce the Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Development Awards 2018/19*.  

We want to support UWE Bristol early career researchers to undertake research in areas aligned with UWE Bristol's research centres and groups research activities.

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 2018/19*.

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/SRF 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 REF2014 individual staff circumstances guidance (please refer to pages 22-24, Annex G).

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 Wednesday 31 January 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 Friday 9 March 2018. Please submit your application form to your Associate Dean or representative:

  • Arts, Creative Industries and Education – Ms Hazel Edwards
  • Business and Law – Professor Nicholas O’Regan
  • Environment and Technology – Dr Alistair Clark
  • Health and Applied Sciences – Professor Olena Doran

Please also copy your application to Alison Vaughton.

Contact us

If you have any queries contact Alison Vaughton on +44 (0)117 32 87504 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 2020 and with grants to be spent by that date.

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