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Developing a research idea

Staff in professional services are available to assist you in developing a research idea from early stage to application. This can include a second opinion on an early stage research idea, suggestions for collaborators within the University or a plan of activity to gauge interest from an external partner.

Staff in the Research and Innovation Development Team can contact potential research partners on your behalf to engage them with your research, a specific project and to provide letters of support for a research bid. The Research and Innovation Development Team also run a wide range of events designed to foster interdisciplinary activities and enable staff to meet colleagues with related research interests. 

Global Partnerships can help find and develop new international collaborations by putting you in touch with York’s existing international partners and by helping you identify potential new research partners and in-country funding. They also organise international visits and matchmaking workshops to develop new research collaborations with partners around the world.

OPPA can provide support in identifying and working with international trusts, foundations, philanthropic corporate supporters and individual benefactors. Our global network of graduates might also provide helpful links into organisations and networks.

The Research Champions support academic staff by facilitating opportunities for collaboration across and between disciplines, internally and externally through events, workshops, introductions and promotional activities and provide pump-priming funding for development of new research ideas.

Financial support is available for development of research ideas via internal pump-priming funding

The Library has a wide range of e-resources to enable a comprehensive literature search

Click the links in the boxes below to find further information relating to these activities and who to contact. 


Find an external partner and assess interest in collaborative research projects

Further information

Pump priming funding

Further information

Pump-priming funding can be used to develop research ideas, proof-of-concept data and relationships with research collaborators

Identify and map internal research capabilities

Further information

By identifying and mapping our internal research capability, the Research and Innovation Development Team can advise on the University's ability to respond to opportunities and identify potential interdisciplinary opportunities for staff. 

  • Map internal research capabilities
  • International partners

Guides on co-production of research

There are a limited number of printed copies of the guide for sharing with the public and patients. If you anticipate difficulties with individuals accessing the digital version then please email to enquire about the availability of these copies.