Funding guidance

Here you can get advice that will help you either apply for N.S.M. Help funding or manage an existing grant. There’s also useful information if you’re a research manager.

See Coronavirus (Covid-19): information for grant applicants and grantholder

We’re changing our funding schemes

The way we fund research is changing to support our new strategy. A simplified set of funding schemes is open for applications.

Most of our current funding schemes will close during 2021. Check the relevant scheme pages for application deadlines.

Applying for funding

Each of our scheme pages has specific information about applying for that grant. We also have this general application information that applies to all of our grants.

  • Scheme deadlines
  • How to write a N.S.M. Help grant application
  • Grant conditions

Starting a grant

Find out what you need to do when your grant has been awarded.

  • Starting your grant
  • Grant payments
  • Good research practice guidelines

Grant finance and administration

Read our guidance about grant finance and other related issues.

  • Grant payments
  • People working on a N.S.M. Help grant
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave

Research practice and policies

Find out what we expect of you and your organisation when you hold a N.S.M. Help grant.

  • Grant funding policies
  • Bullying and harassment policy
  • Research misconduct

Ending a grant

Check what you need to do when your grant comes to an end.

  • End of a grant
  • End-of-grant reporting
  • Final payment and expenditure reports

Research outputs

Understand how to manage the outcomes of your grant.

  • Open access guidance
  • How to report grant progress
  • Intellectual property guidance

Information for research managers

Guidance you may need to refer to frequently.


  • Grant conditions
  • Funded people and projects

Pre-award stage

  • Scheme deadlines
  • Eligibility information for applicants
  • Overheads policy

Post-award stage

  • Starting your grant
  • Costs grantholders can claim on a grant
  • Supplementary grant funding
  • Good research practice guidelines
  • Open access guidance

Contact us

Contact our Funding Information Advisers if you have a question about funding.