University of Bolton Research Funding Initiatives 2016-17

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 three main initiatives have now been decided and are highlighted below. 


We will once again be running our Ryley Award scheme designed to support current undergraduate students to engage with established University of Bolton research projects and teams. The deadline this year is 5pm 28 February 2017.


  • The scheme is open to all second year (or part-time equivalent) students on a University of Bolton degree eligible to work in the UK.
  • The internships must be linked to a REF2021 candidate area.


Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • To support the Teaching Intensive Research Informed strategic focus of the University.
  • To help students improve their degree performance by engaging with a research team and participating in a defined piece of research activity.
  • To provide a taster for students who are considering pursuing an advanced degree in research such as a PhD.


  • Each internship will normally last for 6 continuous weeks however this can be amended to suit the structure of the project or the needs of the intern or supervisor if approved in advance. The internship must conclude by the end of September 2017.
  • Interns will be paid the National Living Wage.
  • Some funding of up to £1,000 will be available to support consumable and project costs (in addition to the staffing cost for the intern). 
  • Interns will be required to write a short report on their work and present a poster at a showcase event in 2017-18.


  • Academic staff who intend to supervise a Research Intern are invited submit their internship application by 5pm on 28 February 2017. Schools will then advertise their approved internships and select successful intern(s) supported by Human Resource Services. 


Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the proposal supports the TIRI agenda with special emphasis on benefit to the intern in their studies.
  • The extent to which the proposal is likely to lead to outputs which will improve the University’s REF2021 performance.
  • Overall value for money.

The scheme is named in honour of Ethel Ryley who was Mayor of Bolton and a long time champion of the creation of Bolton Institute of Higher Education and the inspiration behind Bolton Institute of Technology.






The 2017 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 30 September 2016.


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 REF2020.
  • All outputs generated or supported by the projects must in principle be eligible for submission to the REF2020.
  • 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 REF2020 performance. That is, the outputs are of high quality, likely to be part of a REF2020 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 30 September 2016.
  • 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 2016.


  • It is anticipated that no individual award will normally be for more than £5kHowever for 2016-17 some exceptional bids up to £10k may be supported.
  • 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 three 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 2016-17 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.
  • It is recommended that all proposers secure the support of their Head of School prior to application. Any award will be subject to satisfactory arrangements being agreed with the Head of School in relation to the delivery and management of the project.
  • 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 2018
  • 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 submission.

  • In line with the University’s Research Strategy, only projects which are linked to a REF candidate area are fundable. However, as there are a number of applications from new candidate areas coming forward in the next few months, applications from non-candidate areas will be permitted, but final approval will be conditional on their Candidate Area being approved for potential REF submission. 

  • Successful bidders will be required to disseminate their work across the institution and participate in publicity activities.
  • These are the inaugural 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

Download a copy of the Jenkinson Awards 2017 Application Form here (Word Document)

This year’s Awards Evening will be held on 8 December 2016 from 6pm and will involve previous Ainsworth Award winners and will celebrate research success in 2016.



This year the University will once again be funding a small number of full research studentships for exceptional applicants. The deadline for projects for studentships is 5pm on 30 November 2016. Schools hosting approved projects will then be able to advertise the studentships across the university and in some cases beyond the University.


  • To promote TIRI and our REF2020 strategies through support for progression to PhD for Bolton students and recent alumni.
  • To improve access to research degrees on the basis of intellectual capacity to benefit rather than financial capacity to bear the costs of study.
  • To provide incentive for undergraduate students to achieve excellent outcomes.


Funds under this competitive scheme are limited.

  • All students who are currently undergraduates at the University of Bolton or have graduated within the last three years.
  • Any current masters student or equivalent who would be eligible to start a PhD in 2017-18. 
  • Subject Areas must be approved REF2020 Candidate areas at point of application.

Types of Awards

  • Phd Full Scholarship
    • Full fee waiver.
    • Full UKRC maintenance support rates.
    • Recurrent contingent on satisfactory progress.
    • First class honours degree achieved or predicted.
  • Phd Partial Scholarship
    • Full fee waiver.
    • 50% of UKRC maintenance support rates.
    • Recurrent contingent on satisfactory progress.
    • First class honours degree achieved or predicted.
  • Phd Bursary
    • No fee waiver.
    • Normally up to 10% of UKRC rates for that year.
    • Renewable through application annually.

Arrangements for Identification of Areas and Scholars

  • Bids to be received by a central panel chaired by AVC (Quality) from Subject Areas specifying:
    • Broad area of focus of PhD.
    • Contribution to TIRI.
    • Contribution to REF2020.
    • Provisional Supervisory team.
    • Selection process for approved areas to be then managed by School.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Contribution to TIRI.
  • Contribution to REF.
  • Value for money.




Further Links to External Sources of Research Degree funding: