Director of Research and Innovation Development
Dr Ceri Williams leads a team of research and innovation development professionals across the University. They help academics to develop strategic research and innovation proposals that align with external funding opportunities, address market demand and build on research capability. This includes working with researchers in fundamental and applied research, supporting interdisciplinary collaborations to address complex challenges and securing investment to translate proven science into technologies with societal and economic benefits. The team works closely with academic, industry, public sector and civic partners.
Dr Williams has a strong track record of strategic leadership in this field; she works with an extensive range of external partners and has previously led science and innovation programmes at Yorkshire Forward.
We support development of applications to a range of UK funding bodies.
We support academics to engage in innovation activity, ranging from initial research translation projects through to larger-scale, multiple-partner collaborations.
We provide support to develop and scale-up international research collaborations.
We are the centralised focal point for support with EU Funding, from opportunity identification, through to application and reporting.
We provide localised, tailored support within the University’s research platforms, schools and institutes.
Interdisciplinary Research Development
We work to bring together academics from across diverse sections of the university to develop ambitious and innovative projects that address today’s major societal challenges.