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Research Operations Office


The comprehensive Research Professional funding opportunities database offers researchers the opportunity to search for research funding in all disciplines from a wide range of sponsors in the UK and overseas. All funding information in the database is pre-screened for eligibility for UK researchers. The database features an easy-to-use interface and powerful searching and customisation tools that are designed to assist you in your search for research funding.

The University of Cambridge subscribes to the Research Professional database and use is free of charge for all University members. From any computer within the University network, you can start searching directly by going to and choosing Self-registration or Campus Access.

Using the Database

Once you have entered the website, you can click on Help button in the upper right hand corner; this section contains a Quick Start Guide, which is a good reference point for instructions on how to use the database, set up an account and customise your searches. A video introduction is also available showing how to use some basic functions of the website.

Searches can be sorted by sponsor (from A to Z from all over the world) or by discipline (as broad or specific as you choose), or you can run a multiple search combining various criteria at the same time.

Personal account

To manage your searches more effectively, you need to open a personal account. This allows you to:

  • use the database from any computer – your office, home or anywhere else if you are travelling
  • create customised email alerts that will bring funding opportunities to your mailbox
  • save the results of your searches and re-run them
  • store interesting funding opportunities, add notes and share information with your colleagues

Registration for a personal account is free, and takes about 1 minute to complete. To do this, use a computer within the University network and go to, click on 'Self-registration' and complete the form.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Assistant Director or Research Support Manager in the Research Operations Office.