Most grant-giving bodies have specified closing dates for applications which are listed in their information guidelines.
A great deal of work has to be done both within the university and in the grant-giving organisations to process research grant applications and contracts so it is essential for proposals to be presented in good time.
The financial provisions of any research application or contract with external sponsors must be scrutinised by the Research Grants Operations team or the Finance Department and approved by a Head of Department before they leave the university.
In deciding on which closing date you wish to present your application you should allow for the time-lag before an applicant is notified of an award to allow time, where appropriate, to recruit necessary staff or for the purchase of essential equipment. You should remember too that research staff on contract require bridging funding if there is any gap between contracts.
Please get in touch with your contact person in the RGO as soon as you start thinking about an application, so that you can make use of all the support available.