Funders use a number of types of awards to support research, ranging from short ‘pilot’ grants to large multi-project ‘programme’ grants, and from studentships to support trainee researchers ‘PhD awards’ to ‘chairs’ supporting senior academics. As part of this analysis, we were keen to examine whether any trends in outputs reported for different types of awards. Of the portfolio:

  • 69% were projects (for example, projects, programmes or clinical trials)
  • 25% supported people (for example, fellowships, studentships, lectureships, etc.)
  • 4% were for infrastructure (for example, equipment, units, etc.)

A table with a full breakdown of all the grant types can be downloaded here.

For many funders, project and people awards are the major way in which they give money. We have used two graphs to explore the effect of award type on output number – one for outputs where the average was above 1.0, and one for where it was below 1.0.

Comparing the average number of outputs for both award types, we can see that in most areas of impact, there is not much difference between the two types. However, projects do have a higher average number of publications, tools and methods, IP, spin outs, and partnerships and on average people awards had slightly more instances of technical products and databases and models.

You can download a full breakdown of outcomes by grant type here.