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Research and Innovation Services

Research Development

The Research Development team is a small unit of research-funding specialists dedicated to supporting academic colleagues to develop their research from inception to application.

We work very much at the ideas-formation and relationship building end of the spectrum and can work with individuals or groups to explore ideas and help develop them into research funding applications, linking with colleagues across the professional support services including those in Research Institutes, DARO, Partnerships and Engagement and Research Operations. We are also involved in the provision of training in 'good grant writing' and other training and information activities which help individuals develop their research portfolios.

Our team covers all three Faculties across the breadth of mainstream funding remits and we are active in providing funder intelligence and working with academic colleagues to keep abreast of future trends in the funding landscape. At a strategic level, we engage with external Funders to build relationships and internally, we work with Directors of Research and Faculty Management to develop research strategies; sitting on the various Faculty Boards, Funder Liaison Groups and Faculty Research Committees.

Research Development can offer support to individuals and larger project groups, please refer to our "How we can support you" page for a list of our services and interests.

We are keen to hear from anyone who has a research idea which they would like to pursue, whether it just needs a little work to form into a project or proposal, or it's an early germ of an idea which would benefit from wider discussion and brain-storming with colleagues. Research Development has a cross-university focus and we are particularly interested to support inter- and multi-disciplinary research proposals, in conjunction with our colleagues in the Institutes and Centres.

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