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The Research Office team supports staff at Solent to develop research and knowledge exchange projects and apply for funding. This page provides an overview of internal and external funding opportunities, as well as information on consultancy, bid support, and using Pure to manage your research projects.

Please read through the information provided, and email the team at if you have any questions or need further support.

Bid support

The bid support process is the route for staff who intend to apply for external funding for their research, innovation or consultancy project, whether alone or in collaboration with others.

The process is mandatory and applies to all staff bidding for external funding.

The Research Office team provides support for and works with each applicant throughout the process.

To get started on a new bid, please review Solent's bid process, along with the ethics checklist and declaration form.

External funding opportunities

Solent staff can find information on potential funders here.

Staff can also find additional information on potential funders and useful advice on making applications on the researcher development programme page on SOL.

Go to the RDP on SOL

Internal funding

The University provides a range of internal funding opportunities suitable for research and knowledge exchange activity at different stages of development.

Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (RIKE) Awards

The RIKE Awards are designed to provide opportunity for researchers on a fixed-term or indefinite contracts at Solent University to develop new projects. Three levels of funding are available:

  • Starter - up to £1,500 for students as researchers
  • Accelerator – up to £5,000 for developmental projects, partnerships or networks
  • Catapult – Up to £12,000 for pilot studies and proof of concept.

There is no deadline for applying for the awards, but all spend must be completed within the financial year the grant is applied for, ie, any grant for the 2021/22 financial year must be completed by the end of July 2022. Staff can apply for awards in the next financial year from May onward.

Please download the information sheet below to find out more, or click through to apply for funding. If you have any questions, please email

Download the RIKE information sheet

Apply for RIKE Starter

Apply for RIKE Accelerator

Apply for RIKE Catapult


The University’s consultancy policy applies to all staff who are currently undertaking or intending to undertake outward consultancy.

The Research Office team provides support to ensure understanding of, and compliance with, the policy alongside the bid support process.

The consultancy agreement is a simple pdf template of the final agreement between the University and any client. It includes the University’s standard terms and conditions for outward consultancy. You may send the template to a potential client for their information in advance of discussing potential work.

If you are considering outward consultancy, please contact for full guidance on how to proceed.

Download the Solent Consultancy Agreement template on SOL

Researcher development

Solent’s Researcher Development Programme (RDP) offers a range of opportunities for Solent staff and students at all levels of research experience to develop knowledge and skills to support their research and knowledge exchange.

Visit the Research Support web page for a full overview of the support available, or sign into the RDP on Solent Online Learning to access training and resources.

Go to the RDP on SOL

Research and knowledge exchange leads

Our research and knowledge exchange leads can provide expert advice whether from subject matter to UoA eligibility.  If you are considering a research project or knowledge exchange activity find out how they might be able to support you.

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering

  • Research Strategic Lead: Associate Professor Guy Moreton
  • Knowledge Exchange Strategic Lead: Associate Professor Jonathan Ridley

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

  • Research Strategic Lead: Associate Professor Darren Kerr
  • Knowledge Exchange Strategic Lead: Associate Professor Simon Fox

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

  • Research Strategic Lead: Dr Philippa Velija
  • Knowledge Exchange Strategic Lead: Adam Hawkey, Associate Professor of Sport Science and Human Performance

Warsash Maritime School

  • Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategic Lead: Jaikar Sohal

Unit of Assessment (UoA) leads

  • Dr Donna Peberdy, Associate Professor of Performance, Sex and Gender
    UoA #34 Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
  • Dr Karen Burnell, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology
    UoA #20 Social Work and Social Policy
  • Dr Shelley Duncan, Research Fellow
    UoA #24 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
  • Dr Laurie Wright, Associate Professor of Marine Sustainability
    UoA #7 Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
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