College Research Support Office (CRSO)

Your research support office

Your College Research Support Office (CRSO) is here to help you with your external funding proposals for research and consultancy activities.

We aim to take the administration out of applications with over twenty years of experience operating within the University’s systems as well as specific expertise in fundraising, commercial research and bid development in the team.

Examples of the type of support we offer include:

  • Finding the best funder and scheme fit for your idea.
  • Advising on the call requirements (including any technical aspects), including drawing on past experience.
  • Supporting your work through the internal approval systems.
  • Providing examples of previous success and funder feedback.
  • Setting you up with a peer reviewer.
  • Discussing your resource requirements and organising your budget, including Financial sign off.
  • Using online submission forms.
  • Making sure any legalities are taken through the necessary University systems.
  • Coordinating the relevant contracting arrangements upon award.

Please do get in touch with us as soon as you have an idea for a project or have seen a funding scheme of interest. Early engagement means that we can set up the overall application process to run effectively and create the best possible conditions for your success.

For further information about CRSO, read their 'Meet the Team' article.

Please see below for a brief overview of how we are structured and the best people to contact for your School:

Contact the team

David Evans
College Research Support Partner
Research and Knowledge Transfer Officer (School of Government and Society and School of Social Policy)
Tel: 0121 414 8884 (ext. 48884)

James Sharp
Research and Knowledge Transfer Officer (Business School and School of Education)
Tel:  0121 414 2299 (ext: 42299) 

Richard Gough
Research and Knowledge Transfer Officer
Tel: 0121 414 4978 (ext. 44978)

Sonia Large
Research and Knowledge Transfer Administrator
Tel: 0121 414 7135 (ext. 47135)

Alison Plumb
Research and Knowledge Transfer Administrator
Tel: 0121 414 3422 (ext. 43422)

Liz Potts (Currently on Maternity Leave)
Research and Knowledge Transfer Administrator
Tel: 0121 414 3422 (ext. 43422)


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