It is important to choose the right funder to maximise the chances of success for your application. Grants are most likely to be awarded to projects whose aims and objectives are closely aligned with those of the awarding body they are applying to.
When choosing a funder, take care to explore all of the available options and be aware of current (often temporary) areas of focus and think broadly about the applications of your project. Funders can often grant awards for projects based around subject areas that you may not typically associate with them if the projects include cross-disciplinary working or if there is potential for the outputs to have a social or political impact that is aligned to the funder’s particular strategic objectives.
Some funders will pay towards overheads and existing costs (e.g. research and impact support) and researchers may wish to prioritise applications to these funders in order that GLAM can continue to re-invest in research. Examples of funders include European Research Council (ERC) and UKRI Research Councils.
If your application is not successful in the first instance, it is often possible to redevelop the proposal for different funders. Those researchers within GLAM who are most successful in applying for funding tend to apply to multiple funders to increase their chances of success.
Research Professional is an online research funding database and news service. It is free for everyone at Oxford.
The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement website contains a useful list of funding opportunities available to support public engagement activities.
See below for more information about different funder types and their various programmes.