Research Support

  • We provide a wide range of services which include:

    • Guidance on costs for research grant applications;
    • Ways to maximise cost recovery from grants;
    • Provide information on meeting the requirements of funding bodies;
    • Provide advice on possible funding sources (Brookes ID required);
    • Confirmation as to whether bids are able to go forward to gain University approval (i.e. signature by the authorised personnel in the University's Senior Management Team);
    • Assistance with contracts for successful awards, in conjunction with Legal Services;
    • Negotiation prior to submitting collaborative bids;
    • Materials transfer;
    • Identification and protection of Intellectual Property;
    • Guidance on ethics approval (Brookes ID required) for research undertaken by staff and research students that involves human participants, data or material.

    The research support office will advise and assist with the drawing up of any research grant application and takes all applications through the University approval process. This latter stage involves checking that the bid meets the requirements of the funder and that the costings are correct and appropriate. Once these checks have been completed, and the Office has received confirmation from the sponsoring faculty that it supports the bid, the Office will then seek the appropriate University signatures. Once these have been secured, the bid will be returned to the faculty for mailing. The sooner the Office is given notification of a bid the sooner it can provide support!

    In addition...

    The University has purchased a Current Research Information System (CRIS) called Converis to store and manage details of research undertaken at Oxford Brookes.


    The research support office, led by Sarah Taylor, is part of the Research and Business Development Office, within the Directorate of Finance and Legal Services. We are based in the Buckley Building, Room BCK1.03. 

    Name Activity Covered
    Paul Carolan Post award processes
    Jennie Cripps Researcher development and training
    Nick Davis RBDO finance and HR
    Kevin Henderson Research and consultancy contracts
    Gareth Preston Research funded by the EU and funding in the areas covered by Oxford Brookes Business School
    Steven Radley Research primarily funded by charities 
    Sarah Taylor Director of Research Support; Research primarily funded by research councils 
    Vacancy Research Impact
    Lorraine Williams Research primarily funded by the EU
    Cristina Sandin-Catacora
    Research and consultancy contracts
    Robyn Curtis Research ethics
    Ruzena Zemanova Research support primarily in health and related academic disciplines