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Searching for Grants (with Research Professional)

Research Professional is a comprehensive funding opportunities database

The Research Professional database features an easy-to-use interface and powerful searching and customisation tools that are designed to assist you in your search for (research) funding.

We are all increasingly aware of the importance of knowing about new funding opportunities and this service provides researchersstudents and staff with:

  • a searchable database of national and international funding opportunities
  • news from the research world and funding bodies
  • access to discussion forums


You can view all of the content, including some pre-made searches, without registering or logging in by using the Campus Access option, however, this will not allow you to save or access any saved searches.

To manage your searches more effectively, you need to open a personal account. Registration for a personal account is free and takes about 1 minute to complete. To do this, use a computer within the University network and go to, click on 'Self-registration' and complete the form using your email address.

A personal account allows you to:

  • use the database from any computer – your office, home or anywhere else if you are travelling
  • create customised email alerts that will bring funding opportunities to your mailbox
  • save the results of your searches and re-run them
  • store interesting funding opportunities, add notes and share information with colleagues


The most useful function is likely to be the Funding Search function where you can search the online funding repository for opportunities.

To set up a search, use the dropdown boxes to select the criteria you wish to search by (such as the name of the discipline, funder or the award type). You can use the plus button to add extra criteria, and the minus button to remove them. When you have built a search you are happy with, click the ‘Search' button and the results will be displayed.


Funding opportunities with any internal deadlines or useful application notes are indicated by a ‘flag' in the right-hand side of the opportunity detailing the annotation (deadline, note, contact or priority).


You can receive weekly email alerts on any of your saved searches (funding or news) by adding any searches that you would like to be alerted to in your alerts profile. To access this simply click on the ‘Alerts' button on the top right of the screen.


You can attend a workshop on campus organized by one of the UT information specialists or you can choose to participate in an "Online training broadcast", where you will learn to use Research Professional. Each session takes one hour. The campus workshops target specific groups (students, PhD’s, first time users, advanced users, etc.) and take place from 12.30 – 13.30. For alle courses see

The online sessions are conducted on the fourth Tuesday of each month between 11.00 and 12.00.


  • How do I get access to Research Professional?

    If you are on campus, you can go to and start right away. 
    When you want to use RP outside of the UT, you have to create a profile while on campus. Once you have a profile, you can access RP wherever, whenever.
    If you are hardly ever on campus, you can contact the administrator ( and ask them to create a profile. Once you have a profile, you can access RP wherever, whenever.

  • Is there a way to download Onderzoek Nederland as a whole?

    Yes, Onderzoek Nederland, as well as Research Europe and Research Fortnight are also available as download at or by going to - click news in the top menu - go to Europe – go to Latest issue, PDFs and Archive on the right side of your screen under the Research Europe logo.

  • I am unable to access the database with Eduroam

    Sometimes you will encounter a login screen despite being connected with Eduroam. Please close your browser and try again in a new browser screen or another browser by typing in your address bar.

  • I am not able to register with my utwente email address

    If you are using an email alias for your day to day mail, this address might not work. Try using a different email address (the one that is listed in

  • I am searching with (the discipline) 'Science & Technology, Math and Computing' and my search only returns 50 matches?

    The database automatically searches for exact matches for the discipline, not all underlying fields. If you want to include these fields as well, click the edit button

    and under advanced include also the narrower matches, not only the exact ones.

    Then update and search again. Now your search will also include all underlying fields and return over 2000 funding opportunities.

  • I am not receiving any email alerts

    The emails from Research Professional might end up in your junk mail. To avoid this you can adjust your Spam Filter settings in Outlook.

    Go to the Home tab

    Expand Junk by clicking on it

    Click Junk email options and opt for No automatic Filtering and then click OK

  • What is the difference between match all criteria/match any criteria? And within disciplines, is any of, is all of and is not any of?

    Match ANY / ALL criteria

    • Match ALL criteria: logical AND:
      This reduces the number of hits and is more focussed
    • Match ANY criteria: logical OR
      Enlarges number of hits and is less specific

    Search with discipline

    Here you have the option the search any (OR) or all (AND) or not any (NOT).

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