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Applying

Apply:

Applications to run a project in the summer of 2022 will open in October. Please click the 'Applying' tab on the left hand side to find out more then.

If you would like to self-fund a project in 2021 please contact urop@reading.ac.uk for more information.

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 2020, 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 2020. 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.