Our Research

Summary details of SARF projects can be found on the project index

How to apply!

SARF does not normally accept unsolicited proposals. For details of the most recent Call for Proposals - see news. Calls for proposals are generally advertised on the SARF website, and through the CMS email server. You can also register on this site to receive regular email alerts directly from SARF.

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SARF research is usually applied problem solving research and development designed to address: specific industry requirements, inform policy development and improve regulation.

All applicants should read the Guidance to Applicants document before filling in an application form.

All applications to SARF are subject to a strict process of internal and independent external peer review.

It is important that applicants confirm that they can meet the Terms and Conditions of the Standard SARF contracts (commercial or eligible body) before submitting an application. Unless requested, no additional information should be included with an application. All applications must be submitted electronically by the stated deadline.

If your application is successful

You will be informed by the SARF Secretariat whether your application has been supported or rejected by the SARF Board. Feedback from the referees reports is usually provided. Successful applicants will be required to sign and return a specified number of hard copies of the agreed contract. Please note that SARF only agrees to changes to the standard contract under exceptional circumstances.

Project progress reporting and monitoring

Contractors may be required to provide brief project updates by email at a specified frequency. All projects are subject to interim and annual project monitoring by the SARF Secretariat and Board members. Project steering groups are established for some projects. Contractors are required to provide a formal progress report prior to a monitoring meeting. The SARF Secretariat will report the outcome of the meeting to the Board and feedback any comments from the Board to the contractor.

Project final reports

All projects are required to provide a final report in an agreed format. All draft final reports are subject to independent external peer review. External reviewers are required to comment on the report and the extent to which the contractor has fulfilled the stated objectives of the project. The project is then graded accordingly.

If the SARF Board accepts the final report it will normally be registered with the British Lending Library and published on the SARF website.

Annual timetable

There is a standard approach to prioritising and commissioning SARF research on an annual basis, as illustrated below: