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Research support for staff

If you need help with research funding, please contact us.

Academic information and publications

Business services 


  • Research consultancy: information that will help you to determine if the work you plan to undertake is consultancy and provides you with details of the support and guidance available to you.

Courses / training / support

  • Bite-sized guide to being a PI: These one-hour lunch time sessions for existing and prospective PIs have been designed to support PIs in their role. The sessions will be very interactive and involve experienced PI as well as specialists from around the College discussing the key elements of the role of a PI. The aim of these workshops is to raise awareness of the role of the PI and to also facilitate cross-college peer networking. More details and to book onto an event can be found on Business World.

External research funding for staff


information for early-career researchers

  • Birkbeck is committed to supporting postdoctoral and early career fellowships and is keen to consider eligible applications from suitable PhD students and early career researchers of post-doctoral standing, whether or not they have a current affiliation with the College.
  • If you need help with any aspect of applying for a post-doctoral fellowship, please contact us.

Intellectual property


Online research resources

Open access

Public engagement

Research definitions and policies

Research grants and contracts reports

HR Excellence in Research Award

  • Birkbeck received the HR Excellence in Research Award in 2017.
  • We have undertaken our two-year internal review of progress on the award in 2019.
  • The HR Excellence in Research Award measures the College's progress towards the implementation of the Concordat to support the career development of researchers. It also looks to use an action plan methodology, to improve the College's research environment by implementing changes that are driven from the research base. Details of the process followed to devise the action plan are given in its the executive summary.
  • Birkbeck is applying the Concordat’s broad definition of researchers to the Award process - 'postgraduate [PhD] students, research-only employees on short-term projects, part-time staff, lecturers and professors with a range of duties, including research' - to ensure that it implements improvements to the environment of all those undertaking research and, also, to support excellence in research holistically. 
  • The whole process will be managed and overseen by an Academic Advisory Board, to ensure that the needs of researchers remain at the heart of the process. The Academic Advisory Board will meet on a termly basis and will report to the College formally once per year, via the HR Strategy and Policy Committee (HRSPC), and informally on a termly basis. (These reports will also be passed to Research Committee for information.) Read the Terms of Reference for this group. The College is keen to use the Academic Advisory Board as a developmental opportunity for colleagues who have not had much experience with committee work. 
  • The governance structure for the Award both embeds it within our current structures and processes and includes mechanisms to access all Schools and relevant Professional Service departments. 
  • Read the HR Excellence in Research action plan.
  • Read about current HR policies and procedures.