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More funding opportunities on offer

Thursday, 10 March 2016 11:54am

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University Research and Enterprise Operations Manager Dr John Milnes examines the global list of potential funding sources for staff and students.

Thousands more funding possibilities are available for University staff and students.

They can search an online database of worldwide funding options which have been filtered to ensure Kiwis are eligible to apply.

University Research and Enterprise Operations Manager Dr John Milnes says “no-one wants to get excited about an opportunity and then find on page 20 of the guidelines that they are ineligible.”

The funding covers all scholarly disciplines and everything from research, travel, fellowships, and research conference attendances, to scholarships, post-doctoral work and studying overseas.

The sources of funding range from the largest research councils to the smallest private charities, and big multi-centre collaborative grants to small travel grants and consultancies.
The funding database is compiled by a specialist team at Research Professional, in the United Kingdom, which sources the opportunities in ways that include scouring the Internet, then filters them for various markets.

"Otago is a world-class, research-led university and using a tool such as Research Professional can only add to its reputation."

The database is available at Otago because Research and Enterprise is paying the annual subscription, which cost more than $32,000 this year.
Research and Enterprise has been working very closely with Cate Bardwell (Associate University Librarian – Information Services) and the Subject Librarians on the initiative. The Subject Librarians are providing training for anyone who needs help using the database.

Staff and students who are using computers on the campus can search the Research Professional database without registering, but when off campus or using a private computer they have to register, using their University email address.

People with questions about registering should visit the research section (http:www.otago.ac.nz/research/otago516801.html) of the University website or ask a subject librarian.
Dr Milnes says having access to the database “should enhance Otago’s research profile, increase the country’s knowledge base, and grow our research income, as well as our visibility within New Zealand and around the world.

“Otago is a world-class, research-led university and using a tool such as Research Professional can only add to its reputation.”