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Funding and Awards

Funding and Awards


Coventry University values the contribution that its researchers make. To recognise this we make two annual awards at the Coventry Conference each June that are specifically targeted at research-active staff.

Last year’s Research Excellence With Impact award for a high quality impactful research project that has had demonstrated impact beyond the University Group went to Centre for Manufacturing and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Environment & Computing for their project: The Production Readiness Of Very-light Exhaust (PROVE).

Last year’s Research-Inspired Teaching award for teaching initiatives that clearly demonstrate research and teaching linkages enabling students to engage with ongoing research projects bringing that added dimension to student learning was awarded to the School of Marketing & Management, Faculty of Business & Law for their research-informed student conferences.

A call for nominations to these awards is made every April.



Every year Coventry University makes a significant investment in new research, equipment and researcher mobility through a number of schemes. The calls are published in early July with a deadline in August and the outcomes announced in September, in time for DPR.

Funding schemes are usually targeted at those at an early-career researcher stage, which is defined as those with a PhD (or equivalent professional experience in disciplines where a PhD is not required) who are employed between Grade 6 and up to five years past the beginning of a Grade 8 post. They are designed to support researchers to generate research partnerships and collaborations and to undertake high-quality research leading to 3*-4* rated journal articles or book chapters and successful research proposals to high esteem funders.

Call details vary from year to year.

Please note that the application deadline is always strictly enforced and only fully completed submissions will be considered.

Assessment Criteria

All proposals are pre-sifted at Faculty/University Research Centre level. Those judged to be of the highest quality and fit with existing research priorities (research centre themes, units of assessment to be submitted under in the next REF) will go forward to be scored by a panel of senior Coventry University researchers.

Feedback will be made available to all applicants, either at Faculty/ University Research Centre level or from the University panel.

The following criteria are used to score for all schemes:

  1. Quality of the research proposal in terms of its originality, significance and rigour (26%)
  2. Researcher’s track record (26%)
  3. Realistic, achievable, credible, high-quality outputs, clearly associated with the investment - should include detailed plan and specification of papers, performances, IP, impact activity etc. arising from the proposed project. (20%)
  4. Robust and sufficiently detailed justification for the funding requested - should include full budget and explanation. (15%)
  5. Quality of researcher’s personal development - record of training attended in the last 12 months and future development plans. (13%)

Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate high-quality academic, industry, public and third sector and national and international collaborations.

For live funding opportunities (internal) and external funding opportunities relevant to skills, training or mobility, please see news and events.