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Arts & Sciences Research Office (ASRO)

We provide a dedicated, integrated centre of expertise in research development for the five Arts & Sciences faculties:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Dickson Poon School of Law
  • King’s Business School
  • Natural & Mathematical Sciences
  • Social Sciences & Public Policy

The research we support is global, involving over 130 countries, and we partner with industrial and cultural organisations from around the world. Our new award capture brings an annual income of more than £30 million per annum, and our application value is over £140 million this academic year alone.

We provide intensive support to individuals and teams developing strategic research grant applications, working with academics and Faculty research support teams, from the initial idea all the way through to submission to funder. We advise on the content of applications and identify potential funding sources for each research project.  We do everything we can to maximise the applicant’s chances of success.

 For larger strategic schemes, we lead on internal coordination, bringing in expertise from across King's.

What we do

  • 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
  • Education - 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

Who we are

Camilla has worked at King’s since 2013, first on the REF 2014 submission for SSPP, and then as the Research Development Manager for SSPP, and then for SSPP and Law. As Head of the Arts and Sciences Research Office, she oversees research development for the five Arts & Sciences Faculties. Before coming to King’s Camilla worked in the private sector, in government relations. Camilla’s PhD is in medieval courtly love lyric in Occitan and medieval French.

After completing a PhD in English from King's in 2015, Ben held a postdoctoral Fellowship in Edinburgh and worked on REF preparations for King's within its Research Policy division. Ben started in ASRO as Research Development Manager for Arts & Humanities in January 2018. His role is to facilitate and advise on grant application activity across the whole of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He is a strong advocate for humanities research and particularly enjoys working directly on ideas and proposals, as well as creating avenues for colleagues in the Faculty to meet and work with researchers from elsewhere in the College. Ben would be really happy to hear from anyone with other ideas about research grant capture or about enhancing the research environment in the Faculty more broadly.

David has been supporting research income for universities since 2010, first in trusts fundraising at the University of Birmingham, then in propositions development at UCL, where he was Head of Projects & Proposals in the Office of the Vice-Provost (Development). He has experience across all major funding sources, and in both developing research strategy (working with senior leadership) and supporting individual project and programme grants (working with prospective applicants). His role focuses on King’s social sciences community and our major research council, charity and EU funding agencies, but he also has related experience across life and medical sciences, large capital projects, and cross-faculty research domains. In his academic background he won an international prize for the best paper written by a novice in his field and edited a major cross-disciplinary volume with OUP. He joined King’s in January 2017.

Following a PhD in Astrochemistry at UCL and a year working as a PDRA at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley, Mike moved to the world of research development and strategy, joining EPSRC as a Portfolio Manager in 2013. He has broad experience across STEM disciplines, initially managing EPSRC’s applied mathematics portfolio before moving to a Senior Manager role working with both the Engineering theme and EPSRC’s Impact team. In addition Mike worked on a range of activities across EPSRC on topics such as Healthcare, Manufacturing, and ICT as well as with other Research Councils and stakeholders such as learned societies and the Knowledge Transfer Network. Mike joined King’s in June 2018 and provides support for researchers in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences in developing applications and identifying funding opportunities as well as providing advice to the faculty on research development and strategy more generally.

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