University of Bradford

2014 - 2018

My role at the University of Bradford was to support the development, submission and post-award administration of research bids to the whole range of UK and international funders as required by the 600 strong academic community. I led a small team of four research support officers, overseen by the Head of Research support, to provide expert guidance and support to academics across the university. I worked with the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer and the associate deans (R&KT) to drive forward research strategies for individual academics, ensuring they match with the faculty and healthcare, Innovative Engineering and Sustainable societies.

In recent years, I worked mainly with the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics but engaged with academics across the other three faculties, and I have recently added responsibility for the Faculty of Health academics to my portfolio. I provided leadership and guidance on bid submission for a wide range of funders, including UK Research Councils, Innovate UK, NIHR, medical charities, the EU (H2020) and other public funders.

I worked closely with the Business Partnerships team to coordinate Innovate UK bids, and with finance and legal officers to ensure bids are costed and submitted correctly, and that all legal concerns with regard to submitted and awarded bids are addressed in a timely manner. I had oversight of all activities related to the submission and award of the bid until it is transferred to finance for project management and was then responsible for any subsequent realignment and contracting as required during the lifetime of the award.

I was de-facto LEAR for EU research bids, managing the whole portfolio of H2020 and related submissions on behalf of the LEAR, I managed the University JeS account, was principle contact for UKRI grants and coordinate subscription and operation of numerous funder portal accounts. In addition, I managed the University ResearchFish submissions since its inception in 2014 and had a 100% submission rate.

I sat on a number of committees and working groups, guiding research strategy and related issues such as Data Management and GDPR, and I was heavily involved in the development of the IRIS (Improving Research Infrastructure and Support) at Bradford to modernise and harmonise process and data capture relating to research grant bids and awards. I was central in the development of the new faculty research review process in Engineering and Informatics, and worked to improve quality, quantity and value of bids both submitted and subsequently awarded. I have organised mock interviews for fellowship candidates and regularly perform peer review for academic colleagues, utilising my wealth of technical and administrative expertise.

Strategic activities
• Development of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) policy
• Development of Data Management and Sharing policies
• Development of Research costing & efficiency programme
• Co-ordination of ResearchFish Impact response submissions
• Delivery of training programmes to enhance research performance and grant success
• Organisation of research theme workshop on Energy Systems
• Organisation of research theme workshop on High Performance Computing
• Development of High Performance Computing Research Programme

Selected research bids supported
£1.2m - Plastics Manufacturing hub with China (2018)
£480k – EPSRC Innovation Fellowship – Smart Grids (2018)
£350k – EPSRC Computer modelling of biological organisms (2018)
£3.6m - EPSRC High Performance Computing for Yorkshire (2017)
£2.3m -H2020 Marie Curie ITN – DiVyTo (2017)
£2.8m - H2020 Marie Curie ITN - ThoRACES(2017)
£1.3m - H2020 – CleanSkies (2017)
£80k - AHRC Follow-on Funding - Project Codenamed Humpty (2017)
£15m – National Centre for Radiographic Imaging (2016)
£1.2m - EPSRC Circular Economy (2016)
£1m - MRC – Centre to minimize Antibiotic usage in India (2016)
£270k - EPSRC – Turbidity modelling for turbine array placement (2016)
£380k - EPSRC – Optimising Fire Resistance of Recycled Steel & Concrete Structures (2016)
£180k - NERC – Turbidity modelling of Currents and deposits (2016)
£10m - Leverhulme Trust Research Centre – Political Islam (2015)
£3.2m - European Research Council – Advanced Grant (2015)
£2.7m - EPSRC/JLR – Towards Autonomous Vehicles (2015)
£550k - MRC – Skin Aging and Regeneration (2015)
£500k - Health Foundation – Risk Scores for Hospital Environments (2015)
£350k - EPSRC – Quadruped Motion Capture for Digital Animation (2015)
£350k - BBSRC – Aging and Neurodegeneration (2015)
£300k - ESRC – Ebola in West Africa – Security Measures and Assessments (2015)
£180k - British Council Global Innovations - Smart Grids for Remote power (2015)
£1m - Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scheme – Armed Violence (2014)
£250k - Alzheimer’s Society – Research Fellowship (2014)
£150k - Alzheimer’s Society – PhD Fellowship (2014)

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