A research enabler making a difference in people’s lives
Emma Dowden has supported world-leading research at the University of Bath for nearly 14 years.
For the majority of those years, Emma has held the position of Pre-Award Development Officer within the department of Research and Innovation Services (RIS), currently providing specialist support to researchers across the departments of Psychology, Computer Science, and Politics, Languages and International Studies (PoLIS).
Working intensely with an academic team to find out about their research is amazing. Knowing that I help them (even in a small, detached way) is hugely rewarding.
Over the years, Emma has partnered with academics across a range of research interest areas including The Centre for Applied Autism Research, The Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA), and The Centre for Pain Research. She is currently assisting the Department of Psychology with the submission of a sizeable grant that could help make significant improvements to dementia treatment.
I love getting really stuck into a massive grant where I feel valued and have the opportunity to drive some of the decisions being made around the budget and work plan.
With a comprehensive understanding of funding proposals and experience in structuring research grant budgets, Emma guides researchers through the rules and regulations certified by different funding bodies. Her unique insight helps academics “press the button” on submissions by ensuring the different funding rules are adhered to. Emma’s niche area of expertise is NIHR but she, and the Pre-Award team, work with a wide range of UK, EU, and international funding bodies.
I love my job so much, but sometimes there is just a bit too much of it.