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Applying

Apply:

Applications to run a project in 2022 are now open. To apply please click on the link below:

Click here to apply.

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 17 December 2021. Applications will then be reviewed in January and you will be notified of the decision in February.

If you have any difficulties applying through the online form, please use the application template document on the right hand side of this page and then email this to urop@reading.ac.uk. 

If you would like to self-fund a project in 2022 please contact urop@reading.ac.uk for further information on this process. 

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 in the guidance notes.

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 2022, staff applying to be a 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 Nov 2022. 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).

Key Criteria:

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.