Chris Drew

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Business Development Manager

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Chris Drew
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

To support academic staff with pre-award grant administration to stimulate research applications and increase research income from various sources, and to achieve this through:

  • Identification and dissemination of funding opportunities
  • Project manage the development of proposals from inception to submission
  • Minimise academic effort spent on the pre-award grant administration by writing non-specialist sections of proposals and preparing related documents
  • Provide support on the use of institutional and external systems associated with grant applications
  • Maintain an application pipeline to support the department's annual planning of research and innovation
  • Support the development of early-career academic staff and encourage applications to Fellowships, First Grants etc
  • Produce and analyse statistics on the department's applications and awards of research funding proposals
  • Organise and host visits to the department from key funding bodies and industrial partners
  • Maintain a library of departmental funding applications to act as examples for future proposals
  • Conduct post-assessment reviews of applications and disseminate best-practice
  • Support the departmental Research & Innovation Committee
  • Represent the department at Faculty meetings as appropriate
  • Work closely with the the Faculty of Engineering Research & Innovation Hub and counterpart Departmental Business Development Managers to share funding intelligence, best-practice and support large-scale cross-Faculty bids
  • To occasionally provide hands-on business development support in another department at times of peak demand