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About Research & Enterprise

Research and Enterprise is responsible for supporting and developing research, knowledge transfer and impact activities.


Remits and activity

Business Development Team

The BDM team provides support to academics to develop impact from their research discoveries and expertise. The team:

  • identify and broker knowledge transfer opportunities by matching industry needs to academics
  • identify and assess the potential of early stage intellectual property (IP)
  • plan and support pathways for development and exploitation of IP (assistance with IP protection, commercial engagement, investment/project funding, spin-out creation etc.)
  • lead and coordinate applications for translational funding schemes
  • support the creation of post-award impact for large and small projects
  • promote the use of University facilities among prospective external users

Who to contact in the Business Development Team

Continuing Professional Development Unit

  • provide loans or grants to enable the development of a new course, explore new markets, try new marketing approaches, improve websites and develop marketing materials. 
  • assist departments to calculate the costs involved in running a CPD course and agreeing an appropriate price.
  • support market assessments for CPD courses
  • support administration of departmental CPD, from registration to evaluation.
  • develop branded marketing material using external and departmental marketing expertise 
  • assist in the identification and communication with potential delegates through the use of contact lists, networking events and databases.
  • enables staff to attend external training programmes to develop relevant skills through the provision of small grants.
  • manages the CPD Forum - a regular meeting of CPD practitioners from across the University, providing advice and best practice on a range of CPD-related issues.
  • provides staff with easy access to tenders and business opportunities in education and training through The Training Gateway

Who to contact in the CPD Unit

Directorate Staff

  • includes the Director, Communications Officer and PA to the Director
  • provide departmental management and communications support
  • manage the HEIF budget and provision of central services
  • manage and develop the /business, /staff/research, /research and /hub websites

Further information on directorate staff

Economic Development Team

  • Assist academics, their departments and professional support services to scope out potential activity, taking initial ideas and developing them into well-defined projects that can be funded.
  • To help the University develop its business-focused activities and facilities (e.g. Heslington East campus).
  • Identifying suitable funding opportunities at local, regional, national and international level.
  • Support the development of large scale (£1m+) funding proposals to these funding organisations.
  • Develop systems, procedures and assessment panels to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of programme activity.
  • Advise on audit and compliance issues with respect to Economic Development funding to help reduce the risk of mistakes that could lead to financial penalties.
  • Provide post contract management and monitoring support to University applicants. This covers everything from contract management and output eligibility through to preparing and submitting funding claims.
  • Help promote the University to businesses and support organisations across the region.

Who to contact in the Economic Development Team

Intellectual Property & Legal

  • provide contractual support for research, commercialisation and business development contracts
  • receive invention disclosures, filing patents as appropriate and management of University patent budget
  • deliver legal support for Intellectual Property development and commercial spin-outs
  • sponsor all health, social care and community care research projects (approved through IRAS)
  • represent the University on the York Teaching Hospital Trust’s R&D Group

Who to contact in the IP & Legal team

Research Development Team

  • co-ordinate the gathering and dissemination of general, and tailored, information to academics on major, inter-/multi-disciplinary, strategic regional, national and international research funding opportunities.
  • support strategic approaches to bid development, including coordinating and managing projects of institutional importance, acting as a central point of communication between academics and support directorates.
  • provide input into the creation and submission of strategically-important applications, including bid management, editorial and critical input to content, advice on compliance with funder requirements and assessment criteria, identifying and liaising with collaborators or users as well as assisting in any post-bid coordination (e.g. preparations for interviews) and bid recycling bids.
  • identify and develop emerging cross-institutional research strengths and strategic priorities
  • gather and disseminate intelligence on funder strategies and priorities, including how these align to the research strengths and capabilities of the institution where appropriate.
  • pro-actively develop and sustain relationships with external bodies and persons who may be funders, collaborators or research users/stakeholders.
  • identify and enhance opportunities for impact, knowledge exchange, and translational activities, working with colleagues as appropriate (e.g. BDMs).

Who to contact in the Research Development Team

Research Excellence Training Team

Using the Researcher Development Framework (for research students) and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (for staff) the Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) aim to offer all researchers the support and development opportunities to excel in their chosen fields and careers.

Who to contact in the Research Excellence Training Team

Research Grants and Contracts

  • advise on the grant application process, costing and electronic submission systems,
  • verify and submit grant applications
  • approve research-related contractual obligations
  • financial management of live awards
  • ensure compliance with funder requirements

In addition, The EU Research Team provides an enhanced pre-award service, including:

  • proactive information sharing (Google+, regular current information feeds), training and information sessions; help planning future activity in the departments
  • proposal help - checks against key assessment criteria, identifying partners, templates/chapter drafts for non-technical sections
  • contract negotiation for successful applications and, where appropriate, advice on recruitment of a Project Manager

Who to contact in Research Grants & Contracts

Research Strategy and Policy

  • support the PVC Research and the implementation of Research Strategy
  • progress compliance with good practice and major stakeholder requirements concerning institutional conduct of research and research ethics
  • report on Internal and external research activity
  • deliver and support the Research Information System (PURE)
  • act as secretariat to Research Committee
  • provide expert advice in relation to research integrity, reporting research outcomes, impact and research strategy

Who to contact in Research Strategy & Policy