Thing 21: *Research and EURAXESS

This week we’re looking towards the future.



If you’re considering a career in research; either in academia, or elsewhere, being an effective user of this Thing will help you to maintain your awareness of current issues, trends, and opportunities.

To look at the information below you will need to sign up to Research Professional. If you sign in on a University of Surrey computer, the website will likely recognise this and usher you to join the institutional newsfeed. You can follow this and use your Surrey login to create an account.


*Research has existed for over 20 years, and as a company it describes itself as a “Knowledge Innovation Network”. It offers several leading services to support 200,000 PIs and policymakers on five continents.

*Research Professional is a subscription service, which Surrey has invested in. This database of funding opportunities and news articles can be accessed from the University’s internal network, using the “campus access” option on the Research Professional front page.

This service also enables staff and students at the University to set up an individual account and create personal searches and email alerts for up-to-date news items regarding research policy and funding. Please use your University of Surrey e-mail address when registering to ensure that you are able to access all the services that Surrey subscribes to.

User guides and tips are available from the Help pages on *Research Professional itself.

*Research Professional boasts “Total funding awareness”, and seeks to achieve this through its online database, and various subscription journals, including *Research Fortnight. It covers all research disciplines, all types of funding sources, and all grant amounts, from across the world. It has various filtering options (use the help section to find the quick start guides and user guides to help) that ensure you only search for funding that is applicable to you.

From here, you can also look at research job listings in areas such as research policy, management, support and even expert committees. You can also subscribe to job alerts.


Use the instructions on *Research Professional to log in and set up an individual profile. Have a look at the options for personalised alerts and select any or all that are relevant to you.

Euraxess provides links and information on potential funding sources so that you can discover research opportunities on an international level. Euraxess has a searchable database for funding opportunities and one specifically for fellowships (filter the funding type).

Euraxess is also great if you are moving on from Surrey and need help in your new country of residence; there is a network of local contact points across Europe who will be able to answer questions on everything from accommodation to bus timetables to child care or visas


** At time of writing, we are still waiting to see what will happen with Brexit. In most cases, any existing contracts involving EU funding or open to EU citizens will carry on to the end of their current funding or project deadline, but do check for any statements on this when planning. **

An alternative source of information on research abroad and funding opportunities is the British Council website.

Further reading

‘Small grants just as valuable as £1m hauls’


vr goggles

“Patent #C4883911b. A device to stop your eyes falling out when looking at funding application documents.”
Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

Author: rdpsurrey

Providing personal and professional development opportunities to researchers at the University of Surrey.

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