Research Support Office

The TDE Research Support Office provides support for academic staff in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment to undertake high quality, high impact research and knowledge exchange activities. It also supports the faculty in the development and delivery of the strategies which lead to these activities.

Applying for External Research Funding

All applications for external research funding need to be costed and approved in accordance with the guidelines and processes outlined in the Guide to 'Applying for External Research Funding' before the bid can be submitted to the funder.

If you have a research project idea you would like to bid for, then please discuss it with your Research Lead and with us here at the Research Support Office! We can, for example, help you identify an appropriate funding call, or suggest colleagues who might be able to help you grow your idea! When you are ready to progress the project, please complete the TDE Grants Panel: Intent to Submit Form.

Structure of the Research Support Office

The office consists of 4 full time equivalent staff comprising:

Research manager:

  • supports the Associate Dean (Research & Knowledge Exchange) in the organisation, implementation and promotion of the Faculty’s research and knowledge exchange strategies,
  • advises the faculty’s Senior Executive Group on the implementation of and monitoring adherence to research and consultancy strategy, procedures and policies,
  • maintains records for external evaluation of research, such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF),
  • sits on committees and panels in both an advisory and decision making capacity,
  • manages the Research Support Office, which comprises two Grants Officers and a Research Administrator.

Two grants officers who:

  • provide support for bidding for external funding by academic staff including support with the university costing tool (pFACT) and seeing bids through the faculty and University approval processes to submission,
  • liaise with the University Research and Business Development Office (RBDO) to support these activities,
  • act as secretary to the Faculty Grants Panel, the Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC) and the REF Strategy Committee,
  • co-ordinate the appointment of visiting academic researchers,
  • support faculty colleagues with using university research systems e.g. Converis.

Research administrator who:

  • provides administrative support with all enquiries and application processes related to the research degrees programmes in the faculty,
  • acts as secretary to the Faculty Research Degrees Sub-Committee (RDSC),
  • liaises with the University Research Degrees Team to support these activities,
  • co-ordinates the enrolment of visiting associate research students,
  • manages studentship processes from advert or offer.

Contact us

Research Manager

Tudor Georgescu


Research Grants Officers

Bousmaha Baiche

Ardeshir Pashmi

Where can you find us?

The TDE Research Support Office is located on the second floor of the Abercrombie Building (Room AB 2.11) on the Headington Campus

Core hours when the office is staffed are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Please call in to see us, although if you want to see a particular member of the team, you may want to email or phone in advance. 

In addition, the Research Support Office (Room R2.41) in the Wheatley Campus is open on Wednesdays 9am-5pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

The TDE Research Support Office can provide advice and guidance to faculty staff on a range of issues relating to research and knowledge exchange. The following are common ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ which may help with your initial query.

If the answer to your question is not here, please email the team at and we will aim to help you.