What we do

The research contracts team enables the academic community in the Faculty of Engineering to engage with sponsors and collaborators across the globe, including corporate partners, academia, UK and international government agencies and research councils, and charities.

We work closely with academic and professional support staff in each department to draft, review, negotiate and approve the terms of various research-related contracts.

Contracts portal

If you want to request support with a research-related contract, please use our contracts portal (accessible with your College log-in).

How we can help

The team negotiates equitable terms that:

  • maximise academic freedom and research income;
  • minimise risks and administrative burden; and
  • ensure the College meets its ethical, fiscal and legal obligations.

We are part of a multi-faceted system that integrates with other Faculty of Engineering functions e.g. research services (pre- and post-award), Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation (IPC) (growing collaborations with industry and ensuring seamless service on the tech transfer side), and development (advancing the Faculty’s mission); and central College functions e.g. Research Office (which includes the EU team and MTA-in team), International Relations Office (development of international relationships) and Legal Services Office (legal counsel and advice).

We also work in conjunction with IC Consultants to ensure integration of opportunities lead by Imperial’s consultancy arm.

Contact the team

Please get in touch with us via our central email portal, monitored throughout the day, on: researchcontracts.engineering@imperial.ac.uk.

You will then receive an email advising which member of the research contracts team will assist with your request.

Meet the team

  • Dimitrios Batsalas

    Dimitrios Batsalas

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    Dimitrios Batsalas Head of Contracts

    +44 (0)20 7594 5044

    Location

    Faculty Building, Level 2

    Bio

    Dimitris joined Imperial in April 2016.  He previously worked at Middlesex University, negotiating contracts and providing advice on Intellectual Property issues. Dimitris has an LLM from Greece (where he is a qualified lawyer since 2008) and two Masters Degrees from UCL (2014, LLM in Intellectual Property) and the University of Warwick (2008, LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights).

  • Franziska Göette

    Franziska Götte

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    Franziska Göette Contracts Manager

    Location

    Faculty Building, Level 2

    Bio

    Franziska joined the team in November 2018 from Moog Holding GmbH, a German company, where she worked as a Contracts Specialist. Franziska holds a Masters in European Law and a Bachelors in Laws, both from Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg.

  • Rachel Barton

    Rachel Barton

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    Rachel Barton Contracts Negotiator

    Location

    Faculty Building, Level 2

    Bio

    Rachel joined the team in November 2018 from TBWA Media Arts Lab, where she worked as Associate Business Affairs Manager. Rachel holds a Bachelors of Laws, from Keele University.

  • Ms Sophie Fages Plantier

    Sophie Fages-Plantier

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    Ms Sophie Fages Plantier Contracts Negotiator

    +44 (0)20 7594 3652

    Location

    Faculty Building, Level 2

    Bio

    Sophie joined the team in October 2019 as a contracts negotiator. She previously worked on a similar role at the University of Montpellier. Sophie holds a Masters in International and European Intellectual Property Law from the CEIPI (Strasbourg, France).

  • Mahesh Pillai

    Mahesh Pillai

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    Mahesh Pillai Contracts Negotiator

    +44 (0)20 7594 9789

    Location

    Faculty Building, Level 2

    Bio

    Mahesh joined the team in September 2018 after having worked in the Contracts Team at the University of the West of England, Bristol for two years and in various roles within the legal and claims management sector prior to that. Mahesh holds an LL.B from the University of Kerala and an LLM in Corporate Finance Law from the University of Westminster.