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About Holly Hoar

I am the Development Officer (Research & Funding) in Research, Business and Employability Services. The Research team provides information to University staff on external funding, partners, and innovation activities. The team works with researchers and academic staff to help diversify income for Staffordshire University. Our Research and Funding Blog contains information on funding opportunities and the activities of the team. See my staff profile here http://www.staffs.ac.uk/staff/profiles/heh2.jsp

Book your places on two Innovate UK events

The first has a focus on Knowledge Transfer partnerships (KTPs) and the second looks at the wider range of calls open through Innovate UK.

Event 1

Finding, Applying and Managing Innovate UK-KTP Projects

29 January 2020
G028 (Cadman Studios/Cadman Lecture Theatres)

Dr Russ Bromley (Knowledge Transfer Adviser ‑ Shropshire, Staffordshire, South East Cheshire – Knowledge Transfer Network)
Holly HOAR (Research Development and Funding  Manager, Research Innovation and Impact Services)
Alastair Dawes (CDT Academic Practice Learning Manager)
Professor Huseyin Seker (CDT Associate Dean – Research & Enterprise)

Organised by Associate Dean Huseyin Seker

Please use the attendance buttons on this IRIS link to show if you are coming to this event

Event 2

Using Innovate UK Funding to grow research and industry

When: 8:30-9:30am Wednesday 26 February 2020

Who: Ewa Bloch Regional Manager Innovate UK

Where: LT111/113 Ashley Building, Staffordshire University, Leek Road,  Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DF

Staffordshire University are holding a 1 hour information session on Innovate UK. Part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Innovate UK seeks to bring together researchers and businesses to develop new ideas that drive productivity and economic growth.

As part of their remit to drive innovation, a range of competitively-tendered funding opportunities are managed by Innovate UK. The programmes, which encourage partnerships between research institutions and the business community, are designed to focus on highly-specific areas of development across a huge range of applications; from biofuel turbines to foot prosthetics.

This funding is not just linked to you having a product to develop, if a company is developing an idea, they may need academics to carryout research to understand what makes the product a success. This could be carrying our psychological research to see if an AI product is user friendly, or talking to people to see if an VR tool actually alleviates pain. Our academic knowledge can put us in an excellent position to really understand what makes people or businesses tick.

This event will provide information on Innovate UK funding, and give examples of projects explaining how Universities have contributed towards them. It is open to academic researchers and businesses interested in knowing more about the funding.

If you would like to attend, please register using this Eventbrite link.

Finding Partners for Projects

This short guide will give you ideas how you can find partners to work with on a project.

If you are just starting out on project work, it can be a good idea to find partners who are already writing project bids and team up with them.

If you have an idea and need more people to join it, use this guide to find them.

Finding partners for your research project

Mid Career Fellowships for Arts and Social Sciences

For those of you around over the summer, this quiet time can provide a good opportunity to start developing research bids.

Staffordshire University subscribes to Research Professional. This is a great tool to help you find research funding and news. Below is a good example of an upcoming fund.

British Academy -mid-career fellowships. Support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to the completion of a major piece of research, and the Academy will also look for evidence of a clear commitment to a strategy of public engagement and communication of the results of the research during the period of the fellowship.

For scholars who have already published works of intellectual distinction or have established a significant track record as a communicator, and who are normally no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate.

£160,000 from six to 12 months.

Deadline 14 September 2016



HEFCE catalyst fund

With £45m in funding to drive innovation the the higher education section, the HEFCE catalyst fund is one not to miss.

HEFCE are interested in collaborative approaches around:

•student engagement

•enhancement of teaching and learning

•student participation and success

•strategically important and vulnerable subjects


•knowledge exchange

•leadership, governance and management

Projects need to be collaborative, bringing together businesses, universities and colleges, and other public agencies.

There are no fixed application deadlines for this fund.

We have already been successful in securing funding through the police knowledge funding strand with Keele University, let’s see if we have any other exciting ideas to develop.



Staff Research Conference 2016

Inspiring Research: Encouraging and Nurturing our Research Culture

You are invited to book your place and/or submit an abstract for our 1st university wide Staff Research Conference, on Tuesday 25 October (9.00am – 4.30pm) in the Ashley Conference Centre, Stoke.

The conference will focus on “Inspiring Research: Encouraging and Nurturing our Research Culture”.

Subject specific research is an important part of our academic role. Creating a vibrant research culture has been identified as a vital area of development for our institution moving forward. Research has a critical part to play in enhancing our reputation as a Higher Education provider and differentiating us from other teaching institutions, as well as numerous other benefits.

Professor Cliff Oswick has accepted our invitation to be the conference’s keynote speaker. He will provide an enthusiastic and inspiring insight into his experience of developing research culture at Cass Business School, City University London.

The remainder of the conference will be dedicated to 10-minute verbal presentations and poster sessions delivered by university staff with refreshments provided during the day.

Presentations should be an exciting insight into research you undertake in your field. Any member of staff are wanted to submit an abstract should complete the Abstract Submission Form  by 12pm Friday 29 July.

Conference presentations will be run as parallel sessions showcasing the extensive range of research undertaken at the university. They will facilitate cross-faculty communications and foster an inclusive, nurturing, supportive research environment for all. Oral/poster presentation content and delivery should aim to inspire, encourage and showcase your research.

Abstracts need to demonstrate how you will achieve this aim. Academic staff naturally have differing levels of research experience, from recently active researchers to very experienced Professors. Presenters will be selected based on their abstract and not prior research experience.

The conference will include small exhibition stands showcasing project work within services departments. Contact Holly Hoar or Esther Knight on researchservices@staffs.ac.uk to book a stand.

Book your place through Eventbrite here  

Post any questions on our Workspace on IRIS

Having you there is really important, even if you do not wish to present. The conference will facilitate cross-faculty networking and share our institutions research interests and achievements.