A Supportive Environment
The University of Lincoln provides rich and varied support for research across the institution. There are key academic and support roles dedicated to different disciplines in each College, as well as central roles that support bid writing, enterprise, ethics and Intellectual Property.
These staff are critical to helping us provide a friendly, supportive and academically challenging research environment. We aim to provide the necessary support at the different stages of your research career path, from post-doctoral and Early Career Researchers, through to our research chairs and professors.
The Research and Enterprise Committee oversees the development of research activity and works to maintain the intensive research culture and infrastructure across the University. There is support from academic and professional staff across the institution. This Committee also deals with all elements of the University’s Strategic Plan which relate to enterprise, including employer engagement, knowledge transfer and exchange, incubation, employability, graduate enterprise, and IP and academic enterprise.
Early Career Researchers
At the University of Lincoln, we ensure that new academics, and those making the transition from postdoctoral research, receive the guidance and support they need to establish themselves as independent and confident researchers. Early Career Researchers are at the centre of our Research Plan, in recognition of the vital contribution they make to our diverse research environment and to ensuring our continued growth and success through innovative research projects.
The University of Lincoln is committed to the Vitae Concordat regarding the development of academic careers and aims to ensure that there is consistency of approach and support for researchers across our four Colleges. To this end, we provide assistance to College Research Centres and Groups on the establishment of local practices for the support of, and investment in, Early Career Researchers. This is underpinned by tailored personal and professional development programmes wherever posible. Students can join our Early Career Researcher Forum and join in dialogue, discussion and debate and find information on funding, bid writing, as well as how to join peer-to-peer mentoring and support activities.
Research and Income Generation Team
The University of Lincoln’s Research and Income Generation Team provides guidance, advice and information on funding opportunities, research bids and contractual advice. They provide expert services in research funding and support to colleagues including:
They offer regular staff development and training events on finding research funding, research grant development and EU funding.
In addition to funding from Research Councils, businesses and other collaborative partners, the University has internal research funding available to assist with the development of new strategic research opportunities.
Research Investment Fund
The Research Investment Fund (RIF) seeks to support the Lincoln research infrastructure through PhD studentships, equipment, and the pump-priming of new avenues of research in line with our University strategic plan.
Proposals are welcomed through a twice-yearly competitive process. Academic staff who are looking for investment for new, innovative research that could lead to external funding opportunities are encouraged to apply. Proposals that seek to expand cross-College, cross-disciplinary research and to build research capacity or resources that can be sustained after an initial period of development are also welcomed. The RIF is intended to support the development of strategic research projects, it complements existing funding support available through College funds.
College Research Investment Funds
College Research Investment Funds are similar to the Research Investment Fund, however, bids tend to be smaller in scale and are awarded at College rather than University level. Please contact the Research Office for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postgraduate researchers can also find out about financial support on the Postgraduate Fees and Funding page.
You can keep abreast of research news and funding opportunities by visiting the Research Blog.
Strategy and Policies
The University of Lincoln supports a wide infrastructure of research roles and functions. We have gathered together the key documents that outline the research strategy and policies underpinning our research quality, governance and reporting.