Grants and Contracts Office

The university's Grants & Contracts Office (GCO) supports research activity across all subjects, working with researchers and administrative staff throughout the university academic partnership as well as interfacing with external agencies including other universities, funding bodies and private companies at national and international levels.

GCO supports commercial research initiatives in addition to academic research studies, manages applications to the Innovation Voucher Scheme and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Also, GCO can offer advice on identifying suitable research funding opportunities (see also the university's Research Funding pages). We welcome enquiries related to all our areas of work, and, if we don't actually know the answer to something, we will almost certainly be able to point you in the right direction.

GCO should be your first port of call if you are considering undertaking a research project. Please note: it is especially important to contact us at an early stage if you wish to make a university funding application.

Funding Proposals

GCO supports the development and submission of grant proposals to many funding bodies, including the Research Councils, EU Programmes such as H2020, NPA etc., societies and charitable trusts, and industry.

If you wish to make a funding application to support a research project, GCO will assist with such things as, for example:

  • Confirming whether the university is eligible to apply to a particular funder or funding programme
  • Steering the application through the internal authorisation process
  • Setting up communication paths with funders and project partner counterparts
  • Costing out your project
  • Completing the application form
  • Gathering supporting documentation
  • Quality checking your application
  • Arranging for relevant sign off
  • Ensuring the application is submitted by the deadline

GCO has produced a Guide to Research Funding Applications to assist researchers with various aspects of developing funding proposals. Please note: you must be logged on to the university network (including MyUHI) in order to access the Guide.

Funding Awards

Inevitably, successful research funding applications result in contracts - at the very least, award letters in some form. Very often, awards need to be followed up with other contractual arrangements, such as partnership, consortium or collaboration agreements, consultancy contracts, confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements; whatever is necessary to set out formally and have agreed the arrangements governing the management of a project. Agreements will very often be legally binding and it is vital they be dealt with correctly.
GCO has significant experience and expertise in this area, and is responsible for writing and/or negotiating - and recommending for sign off - the terms of all such agreements to which the university is party. Each project will require contractual arrangements, which can be complex, to be tailored accordingly, therefore it is vital that award holders liaise with GCO to ensure effective handling of the exercise.

GCO has produced a Guide to Research Grant Awards to help explain what happens next and the things you need to do once you have received notification that your application has been successful. Please note: you must be logged on to the university network (including MyUHI) in order to access the Guide.

Post Award

GCO is responsible for liaising with all of those involved in projects to ensure successful outcomes whilst delivering on time and to budget. We do this by maintaining contact with project staff and funding bodies, project partners and other external agencies as relevant. We help to ensure that funders receive the outputs they require, assist principal investigators to solve any problems or address issues which may arise whilst their project is ongoing, and work to ensure that the university’s contractual and legal obligations are fulfilled. 


For more information please contact in the first instance.

The team

Grants and Contracts Manager Karen Furness 01463 279 349
Grants and Contracts Officer Sarah Wright 01463 279 285
Contract Administrator Catherine Pearks 01463 279 227