Resources and tips for grant writing

There are many resources available in the University and online to help you to prepare your application for research funding.  

Impact Toolkit

The University’s Impact Toolkit offers a step-by-step guide to help you develop an Impact Summary and the Pathways to Impact document required for all RCUK applications.  The Toolkit provides a series of questions and associated analysis tools based on RCUK criteria for assessing impact, and your responses can be exported for use in applications. 

The RCUK’s impact pages also include specific guidance and case studies.

Data Management Plans

There is a comprehensive set of guidance and other information about data management available on the Library webpages.

This includes University policies, examples, templates and other resources for creating a Data Management Plan.  

Details of the support available for applications from the Research Data Management Service and contact information is available.

Examples of Successful Applications

If you would find it useful to view examples of successful previous applications that PIs have agreed can be shared, please contact a member of the Research and Innovation Development team to discuss. 

Good Practice and Avoiding Common Mistakes


  • In refining your idea and planning a proposal, use our 6 Key Questions document as a prompt to help you check that you can answer why your project is important and timely, why you are ideally placed to do it, how you will deliver your project aims, who will benefit and how. 
  • Think carefully about the amount of funding available and how much can realistically be achieved within this – is the idea you have feasible in your hands and within the time and resources that are available?


  • Check whether there are any internal processes in place for the call. 
  • Avoid using the passive tense and overly long sentences and paragraphs to improve readability. 
  • Use the Guide for Applicants and Assessment Criteria to structure your document to ensure that you address all of the key points against which you will be reviewed.
  • Make sure you have taken advantage of the internal academic peer review available within your School and the wider University, and allow enough time to make revisions following feedback before submitting your application. 
  • If you are planning a larger project or programme, use our Guide for Governance and Risk Management [which we need to write] (available to download from this page) as a prompt for designing the most appropriate management and advisory structures. 

Further Reading

This website hosts a number of useful presentations, checklists and the Grants Factory Online blog, which publishes posts on the different elements of a grant application: