University of Bolton Research Funding Initiatives 2017-18

Over the coming academic year there will be a number of targeted investment initiatives in research to strengthen our TIRI agenda and the quality of our submission for REF2021. In order to help colleagues plan ahead the deadlines for the main initiatives have now been decided and are highlighted below. 




The 2018 Jenkinson Awards are designed to support embryonic research initiatives in the context of TIRI. The principal aim of the fund, in line with our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and in our Research Plan, is to “Improve the quality of research activities which support teaching”. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 16 October 2017.


The fund is designed to support research activities which will lead to further research success at a higher level. This would include but not be limited to:

  • The design and execution of a pilot study which might lead to a larger project;
  • Preparatory work in relation to external research bids which would lead to external funding for research;
  • Specific activities which would enable a researcher who has already published achieve a higher level of publication possibly for example in a more prestigious journal;
  • Supporting a member of staff who has recently completed a PhD and would be able to move on to publishing in a peer-reviewed context;
  • Preliminary work to secure the business case to support the co-funding by an external body to mount an exhibition;
  • Support to turn a conference paper into a peer-reviewed research output in a journal;
  • Other activities not listed above which address the principal aim of the fund. If in doubt as to eligibility please email


  • Applicants must be University employees who would be eligible for submission to the REF2021.
  • All outputs generated or supported by the projects must in principle be eligible for submission to the REF2021.
  • Students may be involved in the work related to the proposal but cannot be applicants or Grant Holders.
  • This fund is not designed to cover PhD studentships or associated costs.
  • Colleagues who are actively doing a PhD will have to demonstrate how their PhD work will not be delayed by virtue of a Jenkinson Award. Jenkinson Awards are not available to support PhD work per se.  It is recommended that colleagues actively doing a PhD consider being part of another colleague’s bid/project in a supportive role.  


Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the proposal supports the TIRI agenda and the University’s Research Strategy, that is: “improves the quality of research activities which support teaching”;
  • The extent to which the proposal is likely to lead to outputs which will improve the University’s REF2021 performance. That is, the outputs are of high quality, likely to be part of a REF2021 submission, and creates additional options for Impact Case Studies;
  • Overall value for money.


  • Applications must be made using the attached form.
  • The deadline for applications is 5pm on 16 October 2017.
  • Applications will be assessed by a Panel chaired by the Assistant Vice Chancellor (Quality)
  • Applications should be sent electronically to with the subject line: Jenkinson Application – [Lead applicant’s family name].
  • The Panel reserves the right to request additional information or to meet with Applicants.
  • Results will be announced in December 2017.


  • It is anticipated that no individual award will normally be for more than £5k.
  • Joint applications are welcome, but one individual must be identified as the administrative contact.
  • There is in principle no upper limit on the number of applications an individual or group of individuals can make. However it is not anticipated that there will be more than two applications from any one individual.
  • Applications involving more than one School are welcome, particularly where it can be demonstrated that the benefits are potentially more widely spread.
  • Applications from, or including, researchers who are likely to be classified as Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are particularly welcome. In 2017 as part of our commitment to ECRs up to circa 20% will be effectively ring fenced - providing bids meet the quality threshold. We will define an ECR as any member of staff, including fractional staff who have: completed their PhD in the last three years; or, who has joined the university as a member of staff in the last three years; or, who otherwise can indicate why in the context of the norms of their discipline that they would be considered as an ECR. This working definition is intended to be as inclusive as possible.
  • External co-researchers or partners can be part of the research team involved in the bid but the project must be led in every respect by an eligible proposer as specified above.
  • Requests for funding to reduce teaching or other responsibility are eligible, but any such reductions will only be supported where there is not already scope for research work in the proposer’s timetable in the context of the workload allocation model.
  • The funds must be spent by 31 July 2019
  • Please note that all awards are subject to Heads of School agreeing the arrangements with the successful applicant, and applicants are strongly recommended to discuss their application with their Head of School before submissionAny award will be subject to satisfactory arrangements being agreed with the Head of School in relation to the delivery and management of the project.

  • In line with the University’s Research Strategy, only projects which are linked to a REF candidate area are fundable. 

  • Successful bidders will be required to disseminate their work across the institution and participate in publicity activities.
  • These are the 2018 Jenkinson Awards named after the first Principal of Bolton Institute of Technology. It is anticipated that this will be an annual scheme across the period of our Research Strategy and Strategic Plan 2015-2020.
  • If you have any queries about the scheme please email
  • Please email the completed form by 5pm on 16 October 2017 to with the subject line: Jenkinson Submission – [Lead applicant’s family name]


Download a copy of the Jenkinson Awards 2018 Application Form here (Word Document)

This year’s Awards Evening will be held on 14 December 2017 from 6pm and will involve previous Jenkinson Award winners and will celebrate research success in 2016 and 2017.


Further Links to External Sources of Research Degree funding: