Job: Research Development Manager
School/department: Department of Research, Business and Innovation
Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH
T: +44 (0)116 257 7653
Within the RBI Sarah's role is that of a research facilitator, by initially helping DMU’s academics to identify the right funding opportunity for their specific project ideas and then supporting them throughout the research development process. The Research facilitation team work with individual researchers to help ensure that the funding applications they submit are of the highest possible standard and aimed at the correct funder for the concept, both through acting as a critical friend to developing bids and through DMU’s internal peer review process. There is no standard format for this process – as a professional service they try to provide both help and support that is tailored to the needs of the individual academic and the specific project they are developing.
Sarah works within both the Research and Knowledge Exchange team, and primarily support academics and companies in the preparation and submission of innovative, commercially focused proposals to funders of university/industry research collaboration, focusing on UK research funders including the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). She also facilitates the University’s engagement with the TSB Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme by providing expertise and support to facilitate the development and delivery of proposals, increasing the University’s portfolio of KTP funded projects, facilitating interactions with businesses and providing targeted support and intelligence.
Sarah has worked in the area of technology and learning for the last ten years, and has a particular interest in developing innovative technical solutions with a user-centric approach, bringing together the research findings from her PHD with her considerable experience in both the commercial and academic sectors.
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