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Project Overview

Over the second half of 2018, colleagues from across the Faculties of Engineering and Medicine, Research Services and the Research Office participated in a series of workshops to review the current process and responsibilities that support the submission of research proposals.

The outcomes of these workshops have informed a new operating model for pre-award research support - the formation of a pan-department team of pre-award specialists.

In order to test and refine the new model, a 6-month proof of concept is being undertaken in the Faculty of Engineering, delivering pre-award support to academic staff in the Departments of Bioengineering and Materials.


  • Bring efficiency: PIs work directly with team members, reducing “hand-offs” and duplication of checks to provide a smoother and faster service from proposal development to submission. 
  • Have an integrated and frictionless service experience. Single points of contact that can deliver outcomes without multiple hand-offs, repeat contacts or duplication of effort.
  • Promote earlier engagement by academics with the new pre-award team and to improve data gathering of key proposal information.
  • Improve earlier identification of potential risks and problems with time to effectively mitigate.
  • Grow expertise within a dedicated pre-award team (made up of RS and Departmental staff) to ensure a consistently high-quality service.
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities between Department, Faculty and Central teams.
  • Improve the administrative quality of proposals.

 For more information, you can contact Shaun Power, Research Services Manager, Faculty of Engineering.