We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions. We hope this will help with your queries, but if you have any other questions or issues, you can go to ‘Report a Problem‘ or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is the Scottish Funding Portal aimed at?
The Scottish Funding Portal is a resource for Scottish organisations who are interested in the European Funding still open to the UK following its exit from the European Union, as well as other non-European funds with a focus on research and innovation and international collaboration. It can be used by organisations to find basic programme and contact information, details of calls and events, and to share case studies of previous funding and project experience which may be of interest to other organisations and stakeholders.
It can also be used as a search tool for organisations wishing to collaborate with Scottish partners.
Do I have to pay to register to get full access to the Portal?
No, registering on the Portal is completely free of charge.
As a visitor, you are more limited in what you can access. You will still be able to:
- search funding programmes for basic programme and contact information;
- find details of calls and events;
- read case studies of previously funded projects;
- search for potential Scottish partners for collaboration.
As a registered user, in addition to the above, you can:
- create an organisation and user profile, selecting the ‘themes’ most relevant to your work and areas of interest;
- sign up to receive targeted weekly news alerts, based on your theme selection(s), including invitations to events and newly published funding calls;
- share your own success stories and lessons learned from previous funding experiences by submitting your own case studies for publication.
How is my registration activated?
Registering an organisation for the first time –
If you are registering your organisation for the first time, you will automatically become the ‘Key Contact’ for that organisation. The Key contact can be changed at any time if more people from your organisation register.
Once the registration form has been completed and submitted, you will receive an email confirmation of registration. You will then be able to log in to the Portal using your chosen password.
Registering as a user for an organisation already on the Portal –
If your organisation is already registered on the Portal, then you simply join your organisation account. You will not be registered as the Key Contact for your organisation; however, this can be edited by the current Key Contact if required.
Is there technical support if I have a problem with the Portal?
Yes, you can use the ‘Report a Problem‘ tab to advise us of any issues and we will try and resolve them as soon as possible.
How can I search for the most appropriate programme for my project idea?
Under ‘Find Funding‘ you can search for programmes by:
- funding source
This can help you narrow down your search to the programmes most relevant for you.
Each programme has general summary information as well as individual Focus Areas with more detail on programme priorities, eligible sectors and activities, as well as useful links/documents. There is also contact information if you need support or have specific funding or project queries.
Where can I get information on the latest Calls and application deadlines?
You can search for upcoming calls from the homepage under ‘View All Events and Calls‘ – choosing a programme or theme here will help refine your search to return more relevant results. Similarly, if you are logged in to your account you can search for calls in the ‘Search‘ tab and use the ‘Advanced search’ facility to narrow down your results.
You can also find calls information under the ‘Calls’ tab in each programme focus area.
What is a National Contact Point (NCP)?
European funding programmes have National Contact Points (NCPs) who provide guidance and practical information, and give additional support for project development and implementation at a national level. They work in close cooperation with the programme secretariats and are an important source of information on a national level.
Project applicants can consult a NCP for guidance with:
- choosing the relevant programme, theme or type of action;
- searching for project partners;
- the development and implementation of transnational projects.
You can find National Contact Point information in the funding programme page by selecting the relevant Focus Area.
What sort of information can I upload onto the Portal?
As well as information about your organisation, you can request to share case studies which you think will be of interest to a wider audience.