Research and Innovation Services (RIN) is here to support you in your research and innovation activities, particularly in securing funding, building partnerships with non-academic organisations, meeting Open Access requirements of funding agencies, providing your expertise to organisations on a consultancy basis and developing the outcome of your research to help apply it to solve real world problems.  To find out more about the services provided by our teams, including details of the Project Officer allocated to each School, see the RIN intranet pages.  These will include contact details of specific roles that can help you with your particular immediate query.  Visit https://portal.uea.ac.uk/rin to find out more.

As well as that individual support, members of RIN are very happy to come and talk/present to you in groups or as a School.  (Throughout the year, the EU Team also holds a series of RIN Info Sessions usually lasting one hour, focusing on relevant EU funding calls, usually before they formally launch. These are advertised and promoted in advance within Schools/Faculties.)

Bespoke RIN led training can be carried out for:

  • Faculty Leadership Teams
  • School Research Executive members
  • Research Centres
  • Groups of academics or staff colleagues within specific Schools or departments.

Training sessions can be tailored to your needs, and the following are examples of the training RIN can provide:



Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) is a UK wide programme run by Innovate UK which helps businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the transfer of knowledge, technology and skills from UK Research Institutions. The course is for all members of staff who might be interested in another route to getting impact from their research by initiating or participating in KTPs between UEA and UK businesses. This introduction to the scheme also outlines the support that RIN can provide at all stages of a KTP. 



This session outlines the benefits of open access publishing and the different ways in which you can make your research publications open access. It also discusses how you can meet the open access requirements for REF2021, other funder requirements around open access and useful sources of information and guidance.



This session covers the principles of managing your research data, including the benefits of using a data management plan. It outlines the various considerations around data across its lifecycle, from the design and planning stages, using data while a project is in progress, what happens to the data once a research project has come to an end, and sharing data with others. Data is not restricted to be numerical or scientific in nature and this session is relevant across different subject areas.



This session explores possible opportunities to generate impact from research outputs through the development and exploitation of intellectual property.  The session covers intellectual property identification and protection and routes to further development.  It outlines the support provided by RIN for exploitation, including translational funding opportunities.



This session gives an outline of the support for consultancy offered by RIN as well as examples of consultancy projects, costing and contractual considerations.



This session guides researchers through the sometimes complex requirements for ensuring they have appropriate ethics and research governance review, and university insurance and indemnity cover. It is for all academics and research staff whose research involves work with humans, tissue or animals.



In order to monitor the progress of research outputs for patient benefit and to measure returns to the healthcare system, NIHR require that potential intellectual property (IP) arising from research is to be identified and a commercialisation or dissemination plan to be considered at application stage. This session is of particular relevance to staff applying for NIHR funding and will also be of interest to medical and health science researchers interested in utilising IP to facilitate and evidence the realisation of research outputs into use.



Securing EU funding is vitally important for UEA. Research & Innovation Services (RIN) provides support to a wide range of EU funding applications, including Horizon 2020 bids, non-framework programme bids in areas such as health and justice, and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Interreg proposals.



This session can cover ERC Starting Grants, ERC Consolidator Grants, or ERC Advanced Grants (or all three). The European Research Council supports proposals that will drive substantial advances in the frontiers of knowledge - in any research discipline – and will encourage new, innovative thinking.  Up to €1.5m per grant is available for Starting Grants, up to €2m for Consolidator Grants, and up to €2.5m for Advanced Grants – over a maximum of 5 years.



This session can cover MSCA Individual Fellowships, or MSCA Innovative Training Networks (ITNs), or both.  ERC Starting Grants, ERC Consolidator Grants, or ERC Advanced Grants (or all three).  Individual Fellowships aim to enhance the innovative potential of experienced researchers through advanced training, international and inter-sectoral mobility. There are two types: European Fellowships (1-2 years, and undertaken at UEA and open to researchers currently within and outside Europe); and Global Fellowships (which involve a 1-2 year secondment to a Third (non-EU) Country followed by a mandatory 12 month return phase at UEA). Experienced researchers must, at the deadline for the submission for proposals, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years full-time equivalent research experience.  ITNs are doctoral training networks that aim to provide high quality and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through trans-national and cross-sector mobility of researchers to best prepare them to face current and future societal challenges. They operate on a completely bottom-up basis, with no pre-defined priority areas. Researchers can be supported under these training programmes for up to 3 years.



This session covers collaborative research and innovation opportunities within the Horizon 2020 societal challenges - such as public health, demographic change, clean transport, affordable energy, climate change mitigation, and food and water security.  Calls follow a challenge-based approach, intended to bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities.



This session explains how the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), the longest running European framework supporting transnational cooperation among researchers across Europe, works.  COST does NOT fund research, it provides support only for ‘networking activities’.   ‘COST Actions’ are Science and Technology (S&T) networks open to researchers from universities, research centres, companies (in particular SMEs) located in COST member countries. These networks allow researchers/scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers and thereby give impetus to their research, their career and to innovation.  



The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) are the EU’s main funding programmes to improve economic growth and social wellbeing across the EU.  They include the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).  European structural funding must be matched by other national funding sources – generally on a 50:50 basis. UEA examples include the Enterprise Centre (ERDF) and the Low Carbon Innovation Fund (ERDF).



INTERREG Stands for European Inter-Regional Co-operation Programme, and there are 76 of them across Europe. They are part of EU Cohesion Policy (the creation of equal living conditions and development requirements in the European regions). There are five INTERREG programmes that the Eastern Region of the UK can participate in:  INTERREG V A ‘Two Seas’ programme; INTERREG V A ‘France (Channel) England’ programme; INTERREG V B ‘North West Europe’ programme; INTERREG V B ‘North Sea’ programme; and INTERREG V C ‘Europe’ Programme.  INTERREG is about finding joint solutions between and across Member States to common problems, sharing ideas and learning from each other’s expertise and skills.  Funded projects involve collaboration among Authorities in at least 2 Member States in the relevant INTERREG Programme area. INTERREG funding must be supported by other national funding sources – generally 30-50% of a project’s costs.



In March 2016, the UK government allocated £2B of funding over 5 years towards research benefiting developing countries, as part of the commitment to dedicate 0.7% of Gross National Income to international development. The Newton Fund will provide approximately £100M of funding per year for research partnerships with 15 developing countries. The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) was provided with £1.5B over 5 years to address highly interdisciplinary challenges faced by the developing world. This session provides an opportunity to learn about funding calls pertaining to these sources of funding, and the nature of research eligible for official development assistance (ODA).



Governmental funding for doctoral training is increasingly allocated to larger-scale partnerships in the form of Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), Doctoral Training Programmes (DTPs), and Collaborative Training Partnerships (CDTs). This session will cover the development of successful proposals for doctoral training and the delivery of doctoral programmes (as a leading or partnering institution) once this funding is secured.



The Impact team have developed a series of short (approx. 5 minute) videos providing an introduction, overview and guidance on a number of issues connected to research Impact. The details of these are provided below, and can be accessed via Blackboard. 

  • WHAT IS RESEARCH IMPACT? Exploring the context of the Impact agenda, why it is important to individuals and UEA. 
  • DEVELOPING AN IMPACT PATHWAY?  Explores the RCUK definition of Impact, and considers some of the key questions to ask yourself when planning your pathway to Impact statement. Although this focusses on RCUK definitions, it is relevant for all funding applications that ask you to consider the impact of your work.
  • WRITING AN EFFECTIVE PATHWAY TO IMPACT STATEMENT Talks through the RCUK impact sections in detail, prompting key questions and considerations that you will need to make as well as exploring different types of impact, relevant activities and evaluation.
  • IMPACT EVIDENCE Introducing the evidencing requirements of RCUK funders and REF Impact case studies, discusses the main categories of evidence types and where they may be relevant and key principles to help guide your decisions.

  • TYPES OF IMPACT EVIDENCE Talks through some of the considerations, strengths and limitations of some of the key types of Impact evidence.
  • FUNDING RESEARCH IMPACT ACTIVITIES Introduces the internal and external sources of funding that can be used to support your Impact activities. It details the UEA funds, who can apply, for how much and to support what, as well as outlining some of the key external sources. Further information about funding impact activities can be found on the RIN portal pages: https://portal.uea.ac.uk/rin/impact/impact-funding
  • A GUIDE TO PUREs IMPACT MODULE This video is an introduction to PUREs impact module and a guide to navigating the system to record your impacts and upload your impact evidence.

Further videos will be produced through 2017/18 including a guide to REF2021 Impact, How to write a strong Impact case study narrative and Identifying a potential REF Impact case study.

In addition to the online modules, the Impact team are happy to work with your School/Research group to provide on demand workshops and training on a number of topics, including:

  • INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IMPACT Provides an overview of REF Impact requirements and RCUK pathways to Impact. This session covers the basic concepts of non-academic impact arising from research and the various routes to achieving it, a crucial element of the research planning process.  
  • IDENTIFYING STRONG AND WEAK REF CASE STUDIES Provides a workshop focussed at UoA level where participants are provided with an introduction to REF Impact and are then supported while analysing case studies from REF2014 for strengths and weaknesses.

As additional online training is developed this will be announced via School Bulletins. 

To request training on the above or any related topics, please contact Simon Dowsett in RIN on: Tel: 01603 593394, e-mail:  ren.training@uea.ac.uk