FAQ - Pre-award support

On this page you can find answers to frequently asked questions about pre-award support. The questions are categorised by providing advice on identifying funding opportunities and support on applying for funding.


Identifying funding opportunities


You'll find up to date information and resources on how to identify a funding opportunity here.

You'll find lots of up to date information on what to consider as you start to plan your research and self-service supports available to you here.

Early Career Researchers can access a full range of supports here. If you'd like to attend a HR Career planning course please click here.

Explore options with your Head of School, Institute Director or mentor, find your local research support contact here or review more detailed information on the UCD Research Portal site.

Click here to locate your local research support person.


Funding application help


The Research Professional database which can help you find information on calls specific to your research area, career stage and research requirements. Specific funding agency websites as outlined on this page can also be referred to for further call specific information. The RMS Profiles system available via UCD Connect provides specific call supports and internal requirements where UCD Research are providing support for specific calls. This information is available through the funding opportunities function on the RMS Profiles tile.

Create a free customised search using UCD's Research Professional institutional subscription and keep up to date with Research opportunities in your field. Sign-up here. Or check out the most recent UCD Research Bulletin with up to date information on all UCD Research supported funding calls.

Please refer the relevant funding agency call guidelines which is available on funding agency website - you can find a full list here.

Contact the European Research Council (ERC) Team. For Social Sciences & Humanities, ERC Synergy and Proof of Concept Grants, please contact maire.coyle@ucd.ie; for Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, please contact margherita.castronovo@ucd.ie.

The calendar is available via the Research Portal on the identifying a funding opportunity page available here.

Internal UCD funding opportunities are listed on the Research Portal on the "identifying a funding opportunity" page available here.

European funding opportunities are listed on the EC Funding & tender Portal here. UCD Research and Innovation Portal information on Horizon Europe is available here.

Click to find links to all internal UCD Funding opportunities and their current open calls or click here for a list of European calls now open

You can submit your request either by email to proposalsupport@ucd.ie or by the RMS Profiles system available via UCD Connect.

Information to assist with drafting your tender submission is available here. For set up on the etenders system or on a specific tender, email proposalsupport@ucd.ie. Where you require signatures for the submission of your tender or the completion of an EPSD form, proposalsupport@ucd.ie can also be emailed. While the team are not experts in tender content and requirements, the Proposal Support team will assist with queries where they can. Please be aware that a legal review of documents by the Legal Office may be necessary in some cases and time must be allowed for this. Contact the Legal Office directly where this is required. A budget review is also essential before submission which will take at least 5 working days.

Please submit any document for signature through RMS Profiles (via UCD Connect) and the EU research office team will be in contact - we will require a minimum of 3 working days to facilitate requests.

Email the Proposal Support team at proposalsupport@ucd.ie and the team will be in touch - we will require a minimum of 3 working days to facilitate requests.

You can find a wealth of information on how to find and engage with external partners here.

UCD Research can provide support and guidance and training on how to write a great proposal. Review this information here before contacting us. If you still need help, please contact us at proposalsupport@ucd.ie.

Please submit your budget proposal through RMS Profiles (via UCD Connect) and allow at least 5 working days in advance of call deadline for a response from the team who will review and respond.

Please click here to access full list of budget templates available

Please click here to find information on preparing your budget for review.

UCD Research offer a review service for specific targeted calls. Refer to RMS Profiles (via UCD Connect) to see if this is applicable to the call you are working on. Submission for review is also through RMS Grants. General advice on scholarly review can be found here.

The UCD office of Research ethics has detailed information on requirements for researchers with ethical considerations please click here to contact this office.

Please email the Proposal Support team at proposalsupport@ucd.ie and a member of our team will be in contact.