The RDS Charter

The RDS Charter

We will:

  • offer free advice on developing research funding and fellowship applications
  • allocate advisers to coordinate support and guidance
  • provide timely feedback on draft applications
  • treat all discussions and information provided in confidence
  • signpost to other helpful people, services, and resources
  • offer continuing support post award where needed

We can help by:

  • identifying suitable funders for your research
  • identify possible gaps in your research team and suggest collaborators
  • recommending appropriate methods and designs
  • advising on and supporting public involvement in your research
  • helping you to demonstrate the potential value and impact of your research
  • review drafts of your application and suggest improvements

Unfortunately, the RDS cannot:

  • support applications not intended for national peer-reviewed funding bodies
  • provide supervision or informal support for students
  • draft sections of funding applications
  • carry out any of the research proposed

To make the most of the RDS and to support the service, we ask researchers to approach us well in advance of application deadlines, familiarise themselves with the scope and eligibility of their intended funder, inform the RDS of the outcome of their applications, and provide feedback on our service through our post advice surveys.

Please note: The RDS cannot and does not promote or endorse any application or intervention.