Research Grant Support

The College of Social Sciences Research Office (CRSO) comprises three teams, which provide academic colleagues with support throughout the research grant lifecycle.  

  • The Research Support Team support development and submission of UK grant funding applications, and  help set up research projects.
  • The EU and International Research Support Team support development and submission of EU and international funding applications.
  • The Post-Award Research Support Team provide support and guidance to administer live grants. 

Research Support Team (GBP funding) 

The Research Support Team work with academic colleagues to develop and submit funding applications, and help set up awarded grants.

Shared mailbox: 

James Green — Head of Research Support (CoSS and CAL)

Managing Pre-Award Research Support Teams in both the College of Social Sciences and the College of Arts and Law. Oversight of activities from bid development until grant set up, including contracts.



Ipshita Ghose — Head of Research Strategy and Development, Social Sciences

Leading on social sciences research strategy at UoB and providing development support for large, collaborative grant proposals (typically £1M+). Oversight of demand managed calls and matched funding requests on bids. 

Tel: please contact via Teams

Claudia Amphlett — Research Support Manager

Birmingham Business School and School of Education

Tel: please contact via Teams

Liz-pLiz Potts — Research Support Administrator (part-time)

Birmingham Business School and School of Education

Tel: 0121 414 3422 (ext. 43422), or via Teams

Working hours: Wednesday 10.30 - 16.30; Thursday and Friday: 09.30 - 15.30 

Jason Hutton — Jason3Research Funding Manager

School of Government

Tel: 0121 414 2299 (ext. 42299), or via Teams

Vacancy — Research Development Officer

School of Social Policy

Please note: James Green is the interim point of contact for the School of Social Policy. 


Jade Ho — Research Support Manager

Oversight of the College of Social Sciences contracts portfolio.

Tel: Please contact via Teams

Charlotte Copeland — Research Support Officer

Birmingham Business School

Tel: Please contact via Teams

What We Do

Funder engagement and influence

  • Arranging annual visits from major social sciences research funders.

  • Share funding intelligence and insights.

  • Facilitating academic engagement with strategic roles within funding bodies (Panel and Committee membership, attendance at Scoping Workshops).

Grant writing workshops and training

CRSO regularly organise researcher training events which are either focused on specific funders and schemes, or cover aspects of grant writing and proposal development. Please browse our Grant Writing Resources pages for templates, resources, and slides from past events.  Upcoming dates for workshops and training are available here (CoSS staff are welcome to attend CAL training sessions as well).

Gathering and disseminating funding opportunities

A range of relevant social science funding opportunities are collated on our Grant Funding pages, with a calendar of standard open or recurring grants linked to career stages, and a page for calls with upcoming deadlines. Bespoke emails are sent out for schemes which have internal processes in operation, and listed on the Demand Managed Calls page. Internal funding opportunities are available on the Research Support Services web pages.

For external applicants wishing to apply for a Fellowship to be held at UoB, selection procedures for certain calls are detailed on our External Applicants page. For all other grants and Fellowships please contact CRSO Research Development Officers (contact details above).

Bid development, submission and award set up support

All research grant applications for the College of Social Sciences are supported by CRSO. We offer advice on funding routes and call-specific guidance, coordinate internal peer review and other grant-related processes, help generate budgets and assist with application finances, submit proposals on both internal (Worktribe) and external systems and portals, help with responses to external peer review comments, and arrange mock interviews. We also support with grant acceptance and set up of successful bids.

Additionally, we help secure match funding arrangements for applications where this is required, and provide guidance for letters of support (Head of School, PVC-level, from Project Partners). Obtaining match or letters can take several weeks and applicants are encouraged to advise CRSO at the earliest possible, should these be required.

Please read our Funding Guidance documents for more detail about applying for a research grant:


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.

To get in touch, please email our shared mailbox or get in touch directly with your Research Development Officer using the contact details above, or via Teams or Zoom.


EU & International Research Support Team (non-GBP funding)

The European and International Research Support Team provides application and grant management support for all European and internationally funded projects.

The team also manages the University’s relationship with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and Goethe University Frankfurt, and coordinates activities at the University office in Brussels (the Europe Hub). 

Shared mailbox:

Catherine Watts — Research Development Officer

European & International


College of Social Sciences Post-Award Research Support Team

The College of Social Sciences Post-Award Research Support Team provide support and guidance to help administer and manage live grants. 

Shared mailbox:

Rachel Withey — Research Projects Facilitator


RSSD Finance Team

This team works closely with the CoSS Post Award Team to help managed the finance reporting for funders, and certain payments related to partners and collaborators on your research project.

Contact the team:

James Edmond — Research Finance Post-Award Supervisor



Related Pages: RSS, Ethics, Research Data Management, Impact, Finance, Centrally Managed Funding


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