Staff applications for UROP are now open! They will close on Friday 18 December at 5pm. All applications must be submitted via the application portal.
How to apply
UROP projects are initiated by an online application from a member of staff, which are welcome from any academic department across the university. Proposals from staff in directorates are also welcome, provided that the key funding criteria are met. Applications open between October and December and all the information and advice that you will need is detailed here in the UROP Staff Guidance Notes. If you would like to prepare your application before submitting it online, please download our application template here.
To apply, supervisors devise a six week research project which is either stand-alone (such as feasibility or pilot studies) or part of a larger, ongoing research programme. All applications will be reviewed by a specialist research panel during January, with final decisions communicated in February. Funding provides a bursary payment of £1,320 directly to the student selected.
For 2021, staff applying to be Principal Investigator (PI) on a UROP project should be a permanent staff member or a member of staff on a fixed term contract that runs until after November 2021. PDRAs can apply as a PI (with their supervisor as a Co-I) and PhD students may co-supervise projects only. Each supervisor can submit two applications per year as a lead Principal Investigator (PI).
Applications will be assessed of the extent to which the project:
- Provides a high impact learning opportunity for the student in developing research skills and awareness, preferably providing authentic experience of a range of steps in the research process;
- Makes a valuable contribution to the research of the supervisor and to university research in general;
- Increases the knowledge and/or awareness of the School or Department.
What support is on offer?
Please contact Tom McCann, UROP Manager (x4976) to discuss your proposal or for any further information about the scheme.