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Monday 14 October

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 (FHEMS)

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

Dragon's Den Competition 2018/19 - FHEMS

Winners of Dragon’s Den 2017/18 are in the process of concluding the following projects, as highlighted in recent editions of the FHSCE Research Newsletter:

Ceri Wilson – “Self-management tool for long-term conditions amongst younger adults”
David Smith – “Health inequalities in low-income neighbourhoods in SE England”
Melanie Boyce – “An exploration of the self-harm lifecycle”
Susan Walker, Michelle Jones & Lauren Godier – “Exploring issues of sexual consent in a safe, moderated, online environment”

It is hoped that the groundwork enabled by the £4,000 seed-corn funding allocated will contribute significantly to the success of future bids by these researchers for larger grants as well as fruitful enterprise partnerships with key players in the sector, NHS, Local Authorities, Charities etc.

Congratulations to all those involved in the winning projects!

Turning our attentions now to the coming year, we would like to announce some key dates in the Dragon’s Den calendar for 2018/19, when we hope to see even more applications from what is now the largest faculty at ARU, bringing together our research in Health, Social Care and Education with that formerly housed under Medical Science.

26th October 2018

Deadline for submission of proposals

29th November 2018

Dragon’s Den Competition
(with panel of internal and external judges)

Early December 2018

Meeting with DD competition winners re. seed corn funding and research project management.

Mid-June 2019

Deadline for expenditure of seed corn funding and accounting.

The FHSCE Dragon’s Den Competition will help you:

  • Gain access to £1000 seed corn funding to develop your idea
  • Engage with investors and partners to secure further income for your research projects.
  • Work more effectively in interdisciplinary teams
  • See your research in new contexts
  • Develop the kind of approach necessary for engaging industry and charity partners
  • Increase likelihood of your research leading to innovations used by society
  • Feed findings to policymakers and decision makers through external partners with better access
  • Become more visible and raise your profile, leading to further opportunities including grant funding

How does it work?

  1. Submit a proposal - using this form by 26th October 2018.
  2. RIDO can provide support both before and after your submission, ranging from tips on proposal-writing to support with preparing pitches.
  3. If shortlisted, you will pitch your idea in just 3 minutes to our panel of Academic Dragons on 29th November 2018.
  4. Remember: Your proposal should fall into one of the following 4 categories and you should include details of proposed partners:
    1. Products
    2. Contract Research
    3. Consultancy Work
    4. Innovations in Education/Training

If you have a winning idea, you will receive £1000 to further develop your work and support from RIDO in partnership development.

For further information on how RIDO can help with Enterprise Partnerships, contact Jenny Young