Research Development Team Services

(Research Development in the arts & humanities is provided by Catherine Hardman)

The Research 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.

Scanning for opportunities to utilise University research

  • Engage with research funders, partners, users and beneficiaries to understand their requirements and future trends.
  • Identify and map internal research capabilities to understand our ability to respond to opportunities.
  • Analyse competitor activity to understand where York has competitive advantage.

Idea generation

  • Design and deliver a variety of meetings and events to enable academic staff to develop ideas for projects and new collaborations.
  • Identify internal research activity around a theme or subject, to build academic and support teams around new research foci.
  • Provide advice on funders’ preferences, schemes and funding sources and share knowledge of internal capability to meet these needs to enable funding applications. 
  • Engage with external partners to assess interest in collaborative research project.
  • Work with senior staff to identify strategic priorities for further development and communicate to the wider university. 
  • Provide advice and signposting to other relevant internal services to realise research impact. 

Priming research ideas

  • Identify, secure and distribute external priming funds to develop internal capability, generate proof-of-concept data and build relationships with research collaborators. 
  • Identify potential sources of funding to match existing research ideas. 

Development of research applications

The RD 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 e.g. 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 RDT are responsible for the creation and implementation of processes to support application selection and related peer review.