College of Social Sciences Research Office (CRSO)

he College of Social Sciences Research Office (CRSO) is here to help you with all aspects of research application development, submission, grant set-up and management.

New Core Transition: We are currently preparing for a major whole-systems migration at the University which will impact research grant services for a short while. Please contact School Research Facilitators for an update and in relation to any grant plans between November 2018 and March 2019.

Our newly expanded teams include:

Pre-Award Research Support Team (GBP funding)

  1. Developing strategies for funder engagement and influence;
  2. Gathering and disseminating funding opportunities and intelligence;
  3. Delivering researcher training and creating guidance, templates and resources to aid with the grant writing process;
  4. Cross-University working with wider academic communities and professional services to ensure a joined-up approach in developing bids and sharing best practice.

 All aspects of bid development support including:

  • advising on funding guidelines and due diligence requirements
  • coordinating internal bid processes including demand management, where required
  • arranging internal peer review
  • helping generate budgets and advising on application finances
  • helping secure match funding arrangements, where appropriate
  • facilitating pre-award contracts checks where required
  • providing guidance for letters of support
  • helping submit applications on systems and portals and facilitating approvals
  • assisting with external reviewer responses
  • interview preparation
  • assisting unsuccessful applicants with finding alternative funding routes for their research

CONTACT US EARLY! Please get in touch as soon as you have an idea for a project or have seen a scheme of interest. Bid development timelines can vary from 3-4 weeks to several months, depending on the size and complexity of applications. We manage a large volume of applications throughout the year and early engagement helps us set up the overall application process and prioritise support for bids.

EU & International Funding Team (non-GBP funding)

This centrally-based team are responsible for providing specialist application and grant management support for all European and internationally funded projects. They also manage the University’s relationship with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and Goethe University Frankfurt, and coordinate activities at the University office in Brussels (the Europe Hub).

Key contacts for CoSS: and 

Grant Set-Up Team

Following a successful funding application, this central team will provide dedicated support to help set-up research projects. The set-up phase can involve a large number of preparatory steps – including grant acceptance, setting up contracts, ethical approval, other relevant regulatory and governance checks, recruitment, space requirements, equipment procurement, IT provision, risk assessment, etc.

Key contacts for CoSS:

Post-Award Research SupportTeam

This newly appointed College team will provide a range of services including:

  • Post-award support, including queries about grant management and reporting once a project is up and running.
  • Assistance with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) applications including their set-up.
  • Post-award support, including guidance on using Pure and Researchfish, support in keeping track of reporting deadlines, and linking researchers with specialist teams and resources across the University.


CRSO Team - Pre-Award Research Support Team Key Contacts

Ipshita Ghose
Research Development Manager
Tel: 0121 414 8884 (ext. 48884)



Chloe Mitchell
Research Facilitator
Birmingham Business School and The School of Education
Tel: 0121 414 4978 (ext. 44978)  



Liz Potts
Research Administrator
Birmingham Business School and The School of Education

Tel: 0121 414 3422 (ext. 43422)



Alana Tomlin
Research Facilitator
School of Government and Society and School of Social Policy
Tel: 0121 414 2299 (ext. 42299)



Tammy Dufty
Research Administrator
School of Government and Society and School of Social Policy
Tel: 0121 414 7135 (ext. 47135)


Eleonore Dispersyn-Nievergelt
Research Facilitator
EU funding (College of Arts and Law and College of Social Sciences)

Eleanore sits within the 2 colleges, and in the Research Park on a Friday you can reach her by contacting her on:


Monday - Tuesday: (CAL) +44 (0) 121 414 9572 (ext. 49572)
Wednesday -Thurs: (CoSS) +44 (0) 121 415 1080 (ext. 41080)
Friday: (Research Park) +44 (0) 121 414 8634 (ext. 48634)



Currently on Maternity Leave:

Sonia Large
Research Administrator
School of Government and Society and School of Social Policy
Tel: 0121 414 7135 (ext. 47135)



Currently on Secondment:

Please note: Richard is on Secondment with New Core. Please contact Chloe Mitchell for all enquiries and application support related to the Birmingham Business School and The School of Education.

Richard Gough 
Research Facilitator
Business School and School of Education
Tel: 0121 414 4978 (ext. 44978);



Related Pages

RSS, Ethics, Research Data Management, Impact, Finance, Centrally Managed Funding