Application development and submission
We provide one-to-one advice, support and guidance for individuals and teams as research projects mature and develop, as well as signposting to Pre- and Post-Award support for submission and award management.
Peer review and mock interviews
We arrange mock interviews for applicants reaching interview stage, provide peer review on developing applications and identify expert individuals for peer review.
The expectation is that any application which has a financial value of £350,000 or above, for responsive mode schemes, or £50,000 or above for fellowships, will receive peer review. The type of peer review these applications will receive will be decided by each Faculty, in conversation with their Research Development Manager. Types of peer review include critical friend review from the Research Development Manager; virtual review by a group of academic and Professional Services (PS) colleagues; or a workshop review with the application team and a group of academic and/or PS colleagues.
Peer review is important for all levels of application as it clarifies thinking and provides constructive feedback to those engaged in the development process. For those working on applications of significant financial value (often £500,000 up to £millions) which bring with them significant challenges due to the size of the team, its geographical footprint, and the complexity of the research at the heart of the application, peer review is vital.
Note that the decision to allow submission of an application, particularly one with financial and strategic implications, rests with the Vice-Dean for Research and the Dean of the Faculty.
We run workshops and sandpits for academics and local research support staff on all aspects of research grant capture.
Triage and development of ideas
We coordinate internal selection panels for larger and strategic schemes, and are co-located as a team, fostering a culture of open communication and collaboration for strategic, cross-university opportunities.
Proactive identification of opportunities and matchmaking
We provide expert funder intelligence and horizon scan for the latest opportunities.
Input into university and faculty research strategies
We meet regularly with Faculty Vice-Deans for Research, Faculty Research Managers and the Arts & Sciences Senior team to analyse performance and give advice on strategic direction.