Research Grants : Start-up Grants (SUG) for NIE Staffs

By | April 13, 2018

Start-up Grants (SUG)


About Start-up Grant Projects

The Start-Up Grant (SUG) scheme is part of the Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP), launched by OER in November 2011 to provide NIE Academic Groups (AGs) and Research Centres (RCs) with the means to develop their research capacity. The SUG funds projects that aim at developing programmatic research within AGs/RCs in line with the broader aims of the ERFP, as well as projects by academic faculty, especially new and junior faculty, that will help them develop research capacity to compete competitively for larger research grants. In particular, the SUG offers funding that enables faculty members to compete for competitive ERFP grants (Tier 1-3 grants), by providing them with a small grant to explore or develop ideas and pilot studies. The SUG project should aim to produce useful findings/outcomes for educational research. The SUG is not deemed to be a competitive grant, and as such, it is not recognised in the current NIE appraisal system as one.


All full-time academic staff, research scientists and teaching fellows are eligible to apply for the SUG. Faculty members who have not been a PI or Co-PI in any funded projects are particularly encouraged to apply for the SUG funding. Priority will be given to new & junior faculty. Each PI is limited to the award of 2 SUGs, subject to the availability of funds in the respective AG/RC.


Application for the SUG is open throughout the year for the third tranche of ERFP funding. The relevant guides and forms are found in the respective folders below. Applicants who are interested in applying for SUG must submit a softcopy of the completed form together with all supporting documents to You may also direct any enquiries to this email.

Forms and References

The Start-Up Grant (SUG) is applicable to NIE Staff only.  Forms and references can be accessed via the link with NIE Staff access: Start-Up Grant (SUG)