Using the search

The primary search looks through all the data associated with each grant. The searchable data associated with each grant is split into the following 7 data areas:

  1. Person name fields (investigators)
  2. Research Organisation name
  3. Project Partner name
  4. Research Area
  5. Sector
  6. Scheme
  7. Outcome fields (Key Findings; Potential use in non-academic contexts; Impacts)
  8. Free Text field (Summary; Title; Grant Reference Number)

Search returns aggregated results depending on where in the grant data the search term is found. For example, if the search term is found in a person name field, all grants associated with that person will be aggregated and returned as a single result.

If a search term is found in more than one area of grant data, the results are aggregated for each data area where the search term is found. Results are sequenced and in tabs for convenience.



Assisted Search

The default is to search current grant data only. If you click on 'Assisted Search' then the date slider and query builder will be displayed all other controls will be faded out, you can click any where in the faded out area or the assisted search button to close the assisted search.

The date slider allows you to select a data range to search within you can also use the comboboxes below the date slider to select your desired date range.

The query builder overrides the primary search, allowing you to construct a more complex query, first you select the field to search within and then enter the term to look for within that field, you can also click the add button to add additional elements to your query.

The query builder and search box are mutually exclusive so you can create a query using the query builder but if you then type in the search box the query builder will be disabled to prevent further additions to the query from it, this is due to VoP not being able to convert hand typed search terms into the query builder.


Example Results

All search results are available on the first tab and in tabs according to where search term was found


Example Searches

Sample data items (words in grant data): ‘test’, ‘text’, ‘tense’, ‘teflon toner’, and ‘tenet’.

Whole single word search:
text     searches for results containing the whole word, text.

Wildcard search on single character using ? and multiple characters using *.
te?t     search finds test and text
te*t*     search finds test, text and tenet (‘teflon toner’ is not returned, because it is a phrase)

You cannot use a * or ? symbol as the first character of a search.

Phrases - more than one word, optionally enclosed by double quotes. Wildcards are not allowed. Where search term is teflon toner (or “teflon toner”), search returns data item, ‘teflon toner’.

Note - Search is not case-sensitive.


Example Grant Data

Grant data areas:

  • Person name fields (investigators)
  • Research Organisation name
  • Project Partner name
  • Research Area
  • Sector
  • Outcome fields (Key Findings; Potential use in non-academic contexts; Impacts)
  • Free text field (Summary; Title; Grant Reference Number)

The following (abbreviated grant information) illustrates the 7 searchable grant data areas.