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The Research and Business Development Officers (RBDOs) can help to identify, develop and co-ordinate partnerships with external organisations and agencies, whether these be within the HE sector, private, public or third sectors.
Partnerships can exist in many forms - from an external partner simply allowing access to their resources to external partners providing funding contributions and staff to aid a research project from which they will draw an identifiable benefit.
Research Councils have opened up many of their research schemes to enable the involvement of external non-academic partners and have developed specific schemes to encourage partnerships with non-academic organizations for either collaborative research or the exchange of knowledge bringing benefit to all involved. Research schemes include:
Specific schemes to encourage partnerships are known as Knowledge Exchange (previously Knowledge Transfer) schemes. The AHRC’s most recent definition of KE defines it as ‘a co-production of new knowledge through the interaction of academics and non-academic individuals and groups, which is of benefit to both parties and is distinct from the one-way dissemination of research findings’. Knowledge Exchange should be driven by high-quality scholarly research and produce outcomes in terms of cultural, social and economic benefits that are of immediate and/or identifiable benefit to a non-academic partner.
There are a number of different types of funding to enable both collaborative research and the transfer of knowledge. These are summarized here:
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award
Partnership component of Nottingham's ESRC DTC studentships
AHRC Catalyst scheme
Knowledge Transfer Partnership
AHRC and ESRC Follow-on fund
ESRC Business Engagement Oppportunities scheme
ESRC Government Placement Fellowships
The RBDO team can help you find the most appropriate funding scheme, and help you to develop your relationship with a non-academic partner. We have established relationships with a number of external agencies and knowledge of academics working with a wide range of organisations.
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March 2012 Knowledge Transfer Partnership presentation (UoN Staff Only)
May 2010 Knowledge Transfer Partnership presentation (UoN Staff only)
Please contact the Research and Business Development team to discuss Research Partnerships and KE:
Sue Hopcroft and Lisa McCabe
Social Sciences Faculty:
A still from the 1st Papplewick Pumping Station Annual Lecture, presented by Adam Hart-Davis, November 2010
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD
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