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Research Staff Development

Funding is now closed for the current Academic Year.  Those who have already been awarded funding will still be able to claim their funding.

Research Staff Development

Funding maximum per academic year £300

Description of Funding

The Research Staff Development fund is intended for all research staff to attend external workshops, training events or conferences that provide professional development opportunities not available elsewhere within the University or that cannot be funded by the relevant school. Funding will be provided to develop professional & skill development, for example; using a statistical package, attending a conference that develops a deeper insight into the use of technology, attending a workshop to enable you to present your research with impact, leadership development, etc.  The funding does not cover attendance at a discipline-specific research conference or symposia or a ‘field trip’ that is part of the research project. Example of funding awarded can be found at the bottom of this page.

Application agreement

By submitting a completed funding application to CAPOD, you are entering into an agreement confirming that you have read, understood and agree to abide by the conditions and procedures outlined on this page.  This includes the completion and submission of a Final Report to CAPOD.  Funds will be awarded ‘in principle’ and will not be released until the report has been received. 

CAPOD funding application guidelines

  • CAPOD must receive applications at least five working days prior to the start of the event for which funding is requested. Note that we are unable to allocate funds retrospectively.
  • In the first instance all costs should be paid by either yourself or the School.
  • No funding is released until after the event and the receipt of the final report.
    • Costs for travel & accommodation may be estimated if necessary; however CAPOD will pay actual costs no greater than a total of £300.
    • All claims must be completed by 31st July of the current academic year
    • Applications for support are considered on a case by case basis, as they are received.
    • The fund will be available until the current year's allocation has been expended.  There is no guarantee that you will receive the full amount applied for.
    • No individual may claim more than £300 in a given academic year. 
    • Applications will usually be processed within 48 hours of receipt; you will receive an email with the outcome and, if approved, instructions on claiming your award.
    • The applicant must make all purchases up front, and keep all receipts (eg travel, registration fees).
    • Original receipts are required in order to claim the funds awarded.
  • Limits to allocations: No more than two applications per School for the same event.

How to apply

  • Download the CAPOD application form (Word, 39 KB)
  • You must get your supervisor/Head of School/line manager, as appropriate to authorise your application
  • Completed forms should be printed, signed and forwarded to CAPOD for consideration

All recipients are required to submit an CAPOD Funding report template (Word, 37 KB) to CAPOD and your authoriser in conjunction with a completed claim form and all relevant receipts.

Travel purchase options

  • DP&L (University's preferred agent)
  • Independent agent OR self-book online

If you are unsure about the funding, having trouble understanding or have some queries, please feel free to contact the CAPOD Office: (01334) 467157 /