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Kate Charles 29199-0113

Dr Kate Charles 
Head of Research Grant Development 
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Dr Kate Charles

Head of Research Grant Development   

Oversees support for developing research grant applications and awards, working in partnership with academic research leads to maximise grant capture success.

Kate was appointed as Head of Research Grant Development in November 2016.

The main purpose of her role is to lead the development of research funding applications across a range of major funders. This helps to grow the University’s Research portfolio in line with strategic aims.


Kate is responsible for:

  • Developing and facilitating large, multi-party, collaborative, and high quality, research proposals
  • Ensuring that the Research Grant Development team is the main interface between academics and external parties, to facilitate publicly funded research funding
  • Delivering activities that nurture, support and grow our research power through significantly increased research income


Over the previous 15 years, she worked across a breadth of research and innovation support roles, including Research Development Manager, Technology Transfer Manager, Contracts Manager and Head of Research and Commercialisation at the Universities of Cardiff, Southampton and Portsmouth. Kate has experience in REF support, developing impact case studies, research strategy implementation, research grants and funding, research information, contracts negotiation, intellectual property management and exploitation. Before moving to a career in Research Management, Kate was a research chemist, holding postdoctoral positions in academia and industry.

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Kate is a Member of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Training and Development Committee.


Kate has an honours degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Exeter.