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  1. Getting started
    1. City schemes supporting research and enterprise

Getting started

If you are active in research or interested in developing a research profile, there are many and various ways in which the central Research and Enterprise teams can support you.

The information below covers a wide range of activities with links to further details available via this area of the University website, so please do scroll down to see if anything is of particular relevance for your needs, or just browse through the site.

Finding funding for your research

City staff have access to Research Professional, an external information service which provides tailored alerts on national and international research funding opportunities as well as research news. Once on the Research Professional site you need only click on 'Self registration'  to set up your account and you can then configure the pages to your own requirements. Full instructions on how to use Research Professional are provided under the 'Help links' section.

City staff have access to the Brussels-based UK Research Office (UKRO) for information about European Research funding. City staff can subscribe to news through the UKRO website.

Alternatively, let us know what your proposed project is and we will help you identify any possible sources of funding.

Help with putting a research proposal together

Assistance with research funding applications is available to help you present your proposal as strongly as possible, in particular to address funder requirements and the more generic aspects of the proposal, allowing you to concentrate more on presenting your research idea.

Help with the financial and contractual aspects of proposals is also provided, both in costing applications and ensuring that contractual terms are appropriate ahead of award. Please note that all applications for external research funding need to be approved through the Research Grants and Contracts  team in the Research Office prior to submission.

Financial management of research

The Research Office provides a full service to manage grants and contracts following a successful funding application.

Making connections

We can facilitate discussions and collaboration with other researchers across City, through the events or training courses we offer or by putting you in touch with colleagues with relevant expertise in other Schools, and by helping you with establishing potential partners in other organisations (academic,  commercial and non-commercial).

Pump priming fund

Apply for up to £5,000 to help you develop research which may then attract further funding or is of strategic importance. The pump priming scheme is only open to early career researchers although if not all funding has been allocated an invitation to make applications will  be circulated to all academic staff towards the end of the academic year.

Research ethics

Advice is available on the University's requirements and procedures for obtaining ethical approval for research. Be aware also of the University Framework for Good Practice in Research.

Commercialisation opportunities

The Technology Transfer Team can help you bring new products and services arising from your research to market more quickly than you would be able to achieve alone. There are several ways in which technology can be commercially exploited including through licensing and joint ventures  with a partner. We can also offer help with protection of intellectual property.


The University recognises that there are considerable benefits in allowing staff to undertake fee-paying consultancy services for external clients. The University consultancy policy enables staff to undertake approved consultancy either through the University (supported via the Research Office) or on a private basis. Income generated via a contract issued through the University can be transferred to a personal balance account  for use to support research activity.

Researcher training and development

A substantial Research and Enterprise Development Programme is offered each year through collaboration between the Research and Enterprise Offices, the Leadership and Staff Development Unit, the Learning Development Centre, the City Graduate School and the Library.

City Research Online and Open Access

City Research Online is a digital archive of research and enterprise output produced by City University London staff and research students. The City Research Online team will undertake copyright checks and upload appropriate full texts to the system, making  your work more accessible to others (including via your staff profile) and helping increase your citation rates.

The University supports open access to the research produced by its staff. Making full text available via City Research Online is one way in which this can be achieved. There is also funding available via the University Research Office to support the cost of publishing work arising from research grants funded by the UK Research Councils in open access journals.

Bibliographic software

City has a site licence for RefWorks which can be accessed online. You may find this a useful tool for teaching activity as well as for bibliographic needs in  support of your research publications. Training events are held periodically plus there is support information available online, or you can contact the Library for more specific help.