Research & Innovation Services

Research Grant Development (RGD)

Kate Charles 
Head of Research Grant Development 
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 4795

Katy Warr 
Research Development Programme Officer 
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6364

This team is responsible for supporting the development and submission of research proposals, through the dissemination of best practice, training, proposal management and dissemination of funding opportunities.

The Research Development Managers in RGD work with researchers to develop and manage the submission of high quality research funding proposals to a range of funders, including RCUK, EU and charities.

They work with academic staff in the following four ways:

  • Strategic: working with the Associate Deans for Research to focus on High Priority Areas, including centres and specific strategic initiatives.
  • Complex proposals, managed calls and large equipment bids: working with academic staff as part of the bidding team for large or multi-party research proposals and responses to managed calls.
  • Early career and returning to research applicants: supporting the development of First Grants and Fellowships and a dedicated service supporting the submission of small grants for new academics. 
  • Underpinning support: Best Practice dissemination through cohort training, Application Surgeries, production of good practice documents and provision of funding alerts including early intelligence gained through direct contact with the funders. Capability building is a key role towards the larger proposals. 


For general information or to contact Research Development please email:

Alternatively please refer to the Research Development Manager departmental support.

Research Development Manager

Dr Caroline Ang
Nick Cook 
Francesca Guiso Gallisai 

Sarah Jones


Dr Laura Wisby