The department and the purpose of the role
Research and Innovation Services (RIS) provides advice, expert advice and practical support for all aspects of research and research-related work, including securing funding, collaborating with partners, knowledge exchange, demonstration of impact, commercialization of results and ensuring good research practice. and support professional development.
The Research Development Team is a small unit of research funding specialists dedicated to helping academic colleagues develop their research from inception to application.
The team focuses on idea formation and relationship building at the extreme end of the spectrum and works with individuals and groups to explore ideas and help develop them into strong research funding applications. To achieve this, we work closely with colleagues in Professional Support Services, including those in Academic Research, Development and Alumni Relations (DARO), Partnerships and Engagement and search operations team. We are also involved in providing academic professional development, including grant writing, and support other training and information activities aimed at helping individuals develop their research portfolios.
Our team covers all four faculties across the breadth of mainstream funding awards and we are active in providing information on funders and working with academic colleagues to stay abreast of future trends in the funding landscape. . At the strategic level, we engage with external funders to build relationships, while working with senior colleagues across the institution, including departmental directors of research and faculty management to develop research strategies. The research development team is a member of several decision-making bodies, including faculty councils, funder liaison groups, and faculty research committees.
The Director of Research Development will increase the quality and value of applications for funding to Durham University and incorporate good practice in identifying opportunities and developing successful proposals.
The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with academic staff and maintain strong links with funders, including research councils, the European Commission, charities and international funders, as well as partners and donors. relevant intermediaries. To succeed in this role, it will be necessary to assimilate a very broad background and quickly acquire an understanding of a wide spectrum of academic knowledge.