Research and Enterprise is responsible for supporting and developing research, knowledge transfer and impact activities.
The Commercialisation Team work with academic staff to develop and undertake knowledge exchange and impact activities and to derive social, including commercial, benefit from existing research. Services from this team are often provided over a prolonged period of close collaboration with the staff member and are dependent on their needs and the needs of the wider department and potential external partners.
Economic Development is concerned with growing the economy through the creation of more businesses, jobs and improved skills. Government funding is provided to drive growth and productivity through investment in economic infrastructure, business innovation, employability and skills.
Funding applications are made on behalf of the institution rather than individual or groups of academic staff. The Team may disperse won funds to academic and external partnerships where a partnership can demonstrate the potential for economic growth and meets the requirements of the funding application.
Provide staff with insight and advice around emerging and existing economic development funding opportunities.
Assess projects to identify their suitability for funding. This activity includes understanding how the proposed activity will benefit businesses and the University and ensuring the business case for the proposal is robust.
Write and develop funding applications, in conjunction with staff, in response to funding opportunities. These applications need to focus on the benefit to businesses and the regional economy. This is fundamentally different from research funding where the focus is the creation of knowledge.
Identify and engage suitable partner organisations to collaborate with the University on projects relating to regional growth activities. Economic development funding has a greater emphasis on partnership working with funders, other delivery organisations and the businesses themselves.
Provide expert advice and guidance to ensure projects are developed and delivered in a way that minimises the risk of potential financial penalties due to non-compliance with legal and contractual requirements eg, suitable completion of timesheets. Economic development funding is subject to a stricter audit regime than for research funding, especially around procurement and state aid.
Many of the staff are experienced project manager, so are able to support the management of activity once funding has been secured. This could include co-ordinating several internal departments on a collective bid.
Prepare and manage the submission of reporting and claims to funders that correctly evidence expenditure and outputs. Unlike research funding, economic development funding is almost always paid in arrears. This means the University is covering costs in advance and spending at risk pending successful claims.
Provide advice and expert guidance on suitable policies, processes and procedures for management of funded activity eg, the creation of an eligibility form for SMEs that is compliant with data protection legislation.
Staff are able to analyse data and produce suitable charts and infographics to present the resulting data. The team already undertakes activity for both the externally funded projects it delivers as well as the HEBCIS return.
The Research and Knowledge Exchange Contracts Team provides expert advice, guidance and support to all academic and support departments, subsidiaries, early-stage spin-out companies.
The Team liaises with the Research Grants Operations team (RGO) as part of the process of submitting and accepting research grants.
Reviews contracts to protect both the University’s interests and academic freedom. The team drafts contracts for new research and commercial projects and negotiates changes with counterparties.
Provides access to signed agreements, interprets contractual obligations and liabilities and provides a legal opinion and recommended course of action to ensure the University and partners are meeting their obligations.
The Internal Funding Team was created to support the growing recurrent internal funding programmes at the University.
The funds are under the management of the Research and Enterprise Directorate and support the development of research, knowledge exchange and impact, in line with the University Strategic Plan objectives.
The funds include HEIF (Research England), Impact Acceleration Accounts and other allocations (UKRI Research Councils) and internal University pump priming funds, as well as various smaller externally resourced funds held within the Directorate.
The Research and Innovation Development Team works to identify and build-on opportunities of strategic importance, primarily by bringing academic, support departments and external partners together to make applications to fund research. This activity may on occasion incorporate working with individual academics but more often with and across research groups or thematic areas.
The RID Team provide expert advice and assistance on research applications. Services and level of co-ordination vary dependent on size of opportunity and complexity of application, and include: development of application focus and cohesive narratives; writing non-research content eg project management sections; generation of contextual data and information; review of proposal; specialist advice on pathways to impact and liaison with partners eg, production and signatures for letters of support to ensure commitment to the application.
Where this is a quota or other restrictions placed by the funder, the RDIT are responsible for the creation and implementation of processes to support application selection and related peer review.
The Research Excellence Training Team provide continuous development opportunities for all those engaged in research or who support research at the University of York.
The RGO section provides administrative support, authorisation and financial control to academic staff for all research grants from initial application through to closure of live awards. The team is a vital source of expertise to ensure your research grant has the best possible chance of success.
The Research Strategy and Policy office works with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and the University Research Committee to develop and implement the University’s Research Strategy and associated policies. It also provides expert advice to academic staff on research integrity, governance and research impact. The office monitors the external environment to identify policy developments and assess their impact on the University’s research activities.
The team draft and consult on University research policies as appropriate, present these policies to University Research Committee for approval and monitor activity around all research policies to ensure they remain fit for purpose.
Philip Kerrigan (he/him), firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Usher (she/her), email@example.com
As EDI Champions Clare and Philip are charged with promoting awareness of equality and diversity issues in the day-to-day operations of the Directorate, working in collaboration with the Equality and Diversity Office, as well as ensuring that the Department promotes, celebrates and raises awareness of equality, diversity and inclusivity. They chair the Directorate's Equality Group which meets quarterly and includes representatives from each of the different teams within the Directorate.
Emma Montgomery firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma is the Directorate Safety Adviser and as such she is responsible for advising and assisting the Director and section heads in delivering their responsibilities under the University's Health, Safety and Welfare policy and for liaising with the central Health and Safety Services Department.
Samantha Keenan email@example.com
As Covid Secure Lead Sam ensures that the Directorate has the correct procedures in place to be compliant with the current regulations, liaising with Estates as new developments arise. She is also planning for the return to campus and working with the Senior Management Team to discuss the options available.