Following a review of post-award support in 2017, investment has been agreed for a new Research Set-up and Support team, in order to provide academic staff with dedicated support in relation to the set-up of their projects following a successful grant application.
The new Research Set-up and Support team will be a central team within Research Support Services, providing on-the-ground support to academic staff in relation to research project set-up and running. Team members (Research Set-up & Support Facilitators) will operate flexibly across the Colleges under the direction of the Research Set-up & Support Manager, and will provide expert support to academic staff in the setting up of their new grant-funded projects, as well as troubleshooting any major issues which emerge in the ongoing management of their research projects.
The set-up of research projects is an increasingly complex process due to regulatory and governance expectations from funders, as well as the need for complex internal preparations in advance of a grant starting. The set-up phase for a project can involve a large number of preparatory steps – including HR, space requirements, equipment procurement, IT provision, risk assessment, contractual agreements, ethical approval, relevant regulatory and governance checks and approvals, etc. A guide to the processes for setting up a new research project in your College can be found at the bottom of this page.