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Monday 19 February

Partnership Development


Under the new structure of the Research & Innovation Development Office (RIDO), Partnership Development Managers (PDMs) support the formation of new partnerships and collaborations on behalf of our institution. Whilst they remain part of RIDO, each one is assigned to a faculty and represents the interests of that faculty in pursuing new opportunities for partnership and collaboration. They work closely with colleagues from RIDO and across our institution to exploit the research expertise of the faculty they are assigned to. In particular, the PDMs will develop collaborative research, contract research, knowledge transfer and consultancy opportunities that help each faculty achieve their objectives, including income-generation targets.

Partnership Development (FHSCE)

Welcome to this area dedicated to all staff in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.

What is the FHSCE Dragon’s Den?
As part of a series of events organised by RIDO, all staff in FHSCE will have the chance to win £4,000 in seed corn funding in 2018, plus support from RIDO in establishing partnerships with private enterprise, charities, government bodies and investors in Health, Social Care and Education. Researchers submitted proposals through a streamlined and fair process involving a Faculty-wide Dragon’s Den Competition which was launched in September in both Cambridge and Chelmsford.  

Following the introductory workshops, which outlined the concept and clarified the straightforward selection process, RIDO ran complementary sessions for those planning to submit a proposal for one of four categories: (i) Products (ii) Contract Research (iii) Consultancy Work (iv) Innovations in Education/Training.

Anna Dadswell; Antonio Bonacaro; Ceri Wilson; David Smith; Melanie Boyce; Irina Morosanu; Susan Walker; Wendy Coxshall; Ioannis Kypraios; Pauline Lane; Lauren Godier & Michelle Jones.

The Dragon’s Den Competition itself - including 1-minute pitches to a panel of our very own “Dragons” – will take place as shown below:

Chelmsford - Wednesday 14 March 2018, SAW 004, 10.30am-12pm

10:30 – Refreshments & Networking Catch-up with colleagues
11:00 – Pitches to “Dragons” followed by Q&A
11:55 – Announcement of winners of £1000 seed corn funding (each)

We hope to see as many FHSCE staff as possible at the event, which aims to help researchers futureproof their work against the shifting goalposts of grant funding in the context of BREXIT, through building of sustainable strategic partnerships with the local community and beyond.

How can RIDO help?
RIDO already offers you a high level of support if you want to apply for grant funding but in light of the need for increasing collaborative work with external partners in order to meet income-generation targets and fund future research, we aim to support you in forging the kind of strategic alliances and practical partnerships you need.

Pitches will be judged according to their capacity to:

  1. Enable engagement with investors and partners to secure further income for research projects.
  2. Develop interdisciplinary teams
  3. Show research in new contexts
  4. Increase likelihood of your research leading to innovations used by society
  5. Feed findings to policymakers and decision makers through external partners with better access
  6. Become more visible and raise the profile of researchers, leading to further opportunities including grant funding

On 20 June 2018 chosen finalists (x4) will have an opportunity to discuss their work with potential investors, clients and partners from the local community, leading to further investment on a larger scale if they like what we have to offer.
The Dragon’s Den is aimed at academic and research staff, but we welcome any postgraduate research students, especially those enrolled on a PhD, who may be interested in attending on 14 March.

Contact FHSCE Partnership Development Manager Graeme Hodgson on extension 2955 or Tel. 01223 698955 / Mob. 07448 379944.