Research Priming Fund Committee

Terms of Reference

Research Priming Fund Committee

The RPF Committee is responsible for the allocation of three sources of support in relation to the pump priming of research:

  • Research Priming Fund (including Research & Impact Visitor Scheme)

The RPF is available to support projects in any area of research which are novel, innovatory or of an unestablished nature and which are either inter-disciplinary or which cannot be funded from departmental funds due to the scale of support required.

  • Large Grants Development

Support is available to assist in the preparation of large grant applications, where York is the major partner of the funding and the research is largely based at York and must include more than one member of York staff. The definition of a large bid will be based on the grant norms for the discipline; whilst these are only indicative, the working assumption is that £500k is deemed large in arts and £1m in social science and science disciplines. Priority will be given to bids with a non-academic partner and bids must be linked to an open funding call.

  • Strategic Capital Purchase Scheme

Funding is available to support the purchase of capital equipment that is of strategic importance to the future research direction of a department or group of departments. Where at all possible, the department/s is/are expected to contribute at least 50% of the costs, though bids which include a smaller contribution, those in areas where research activity is likely to be greatest or where the University funding will contribute to an external equipment bid will be favoured.

Terms of Reference

  1. To determine the principle purpose of the funds, including the setting of priorities if applicable
  2. To ensure that the application process is clear and appropriate
  3. To set the criteria for the selection
  4. To ensure that funds are allocated in a fair and transparent manner
  5. To decide upon the recipients of funding
  6. To review the progress of projects funded via awards under its control
  7. To consider the use and allocation of any additional sources of funding, internal or external, that should become available on an ad hoc basis


The RPF Committee is a sub-committee of University Research Committee, to which it will report its actions on at least an annual basis.

Contact information

Research Strategy and Policy Office. Ext - 2712. 


Constituency of membership

OfficeMembership statusMembership 2015-16 

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) (Chair)


Professor Deborah Smith

Associate Dean (Research), Sciences


Professor Colin Brown

Associate Dean (Research), Social Sciences


Professor Matthew Festenstein

Associate Dean (Research), Arts & Humanities


Dr Kate Giles (Acting Associate Dean)

 At least five additional reviewers per funding round, drawn from the academic membership of University Research Committee, taking into account the subject spread of the applications and the importance of avoiding conflicts of interest

As nominated by the Chair

Details of academic membership of URC for 2015/16



Connecting places: Joining James college to the Postgraduate halls in Wentworth College

Who to contact

  • Research Strategy & Policy Office
    for minutes and agendas
    x 2712
  • Professor Deborah Smith
    Committee chair
    Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Further information (York staff only)

Internal funding

Research priming fund