Research Grant Support

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

 

  • The Pre-Award Research Support Team works with academic colleagues to develop and submit funding applications.
  • The EU and International Research Support Team (non-GBP funding) provides specialist knowledge to academic colleagues, to develop and submit EU and international funding applications.
  • The Grant Set-up and Support Team provide dedicated support to help set-up research projects.
  • The Post-Award Research Support Team provide support and guidance to help administer and manage live grants. 

Pre-Award Research Support Team (GBP funding) 

The Research Support Team work with academic colleagues to develop and submit funding applications.

Pre-award shared mailbox: researchbids@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

Who we are

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Ipshita Ghose Research Development Manager

Tel: 0121 414 8884 (ext. 48884)
Email: i.ghose@bham.ac.uk


Claudia Amphlett Research Facilitator

Birmingham Business School and School of Education

Tel: 0121 414 4978 (ext. 44978)
Email: c.amphlett@bham.ac.uk


Liz-pLiz Potts Research Administrator (part-time)

Birmingham Business School and School of Education

Tel: 0121 414 3422 (ext. 43422)
Email: e.a.potts@bham.ac.uk

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


Jason Hutton CaptureResearch Facilitator

School of Government and School of Social Policy

Tel: 0121 414 2299 (ext. 42299)
Email: j.hutton@bham.ac.uk


Sonia Bains Research Support Officer (part-time)sonia-1

School of Government and School of Social Policy, main point of contact for HSMC

Tel: 0121 414 7135 (ext. 47135)
Email: s.j.large@bham.ac.uk

Working hours: 8am - 2pm


Nina Levy

Nina Levy Research Administrator (part-time)
Tel: please contact me on MS Teams or Zoom

Email: n.levy@bham.ac.uk

Working hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (6 hours per day) core hours between 9.30am-3.30pm


What We Do

Funder Engagement and Influence

  • Arranging annual visits from major social sciences research funders.
  • Coordinating the cross-College ESRC Strategy Group to 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.

Bid Development and Submission 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.

Additionally, we also 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:

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.

To get in touch, please email our shared mailbox researchbids@contacts.bham.ac.uk or get in touch directly with your Facilitator using the contact details above.

We can be contacted on MS Teams or Zoom if you wish to talk 'face to face' or by phone. In-person meetings can be arranged with your Facilitator.


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

The European and International Research Support Team is 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 contact: 

Laura-Jayne Bradford - Research Facilitator EU and International (non-GBP) funding (CoSS)

Laura-Jayne sits within the College one day per week and in the Research Park other days.

Email: L.A.Ellis@bham.ac.uk or EUSupport@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Grant Set-Up and Support Team

Following a successful funding application, the Grant Set Up 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 and risk assessment.

Key contacts: 

Contact the team: cossgrantsetup@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

*Currently vacant* - Research Set-up and Support Manager

Anthea Kunz and Rushna Hasan - Research Facilitators for CoSS 

Email: cossgrantsetup@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Post-Award Research Support Team

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

Key contacts: 

Contact the team: coss.post-award@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Rachel Withey - Research Projects Facilitator

Email: r.l.withey@bham.ac.uk

Marisol Daley - Research Projects Administrator 

Email: coss.post-award@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Related Pages

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

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