What does an RKE Development Manager *do*?

Gantt chartRED has a team of four Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Managers – one to support each faculty at CCCU.  That’s a long job title, but what do we actually do?

RED provides a ‘one stop shop’ for academic colleagues in CCCU looking to develop funded research and/or knowledge exchange projects.  The RKEDMs can support you with any RKE funding that has an application process.  We can help through the entire process of developing your application or just when you need some additional support, from:

  • developing your initial project idea
  • finding an appropriate funding source
  • offering guidance as you write your application (including helping you create a project budget)
  • liaising with the relevant departments and Schools within CCCU for internal approval and peer review
  • submitting the application, and if successful
  • setting up the project.

Please let us know whenever you are thinking of applying for funding even if you don’t need any support.  This means we can track all bidding activity and we can let you know if there are any competing applications being developed across the university.

We also have a bank of submitted funding applications (both successful and unsuccessful) along with feedback to help anyone considering applying to the same funder.

Here are just a few of the successful bids that we supported in 2014:

Project Title Faculty/Centre Academic Lead Funder
Physics Foundations Education Mark Hardman London Schools Excellence Fund – £73,415
Singing and COPD Feasibility Study Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health  Stephen Clift Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity – £194,345
Kent & Medway Public Health Champions Programme Health, Wellbeing and the Family  Sally Robinson Kent County Council – £122,870
Reconstructing a medieval Welsh landscape  Arts & Humanities  Andy Seaman British Academy (Small Research Grant) – £7,215
Canterbury Pilgrims  Social & Applied Sciences  Amelia Hadfield European Commission (Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Chair) – £58,733

Contact the RKEDM for your faculty to find out more about the support available.

About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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