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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

RIKE awards are grants for research, innovation or knowledge exchange projects awarded internally through the Research Office.

Applications are welcomed from Solent University academic staff on permanent or fixed term contracts. Associate lecturers (ALs) are not eligible to apply to this fund.

 There are different types of awards as described below:

  • Bridge to cover funding gaps, complete a key piece of work for publication or to provide match-funding for an existing R/KE opportunity.
  • Accelerator proof of concept grants for the generation of preliminary data to strengthen an application for external funding.
  • Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund to stimulate research into educational development practices.
  • Outreach support for public engagement and involvement initiatives to communicate with the community about research and knowledge exchange activities at Solent University.

Please download the RIKE awards information sheet below to learn about eligibility criteria and application guidelines.

Download the RIKE information sheet

To apply, complete all required fields in the online application form.

Apply for a RIKE award

If you have any questions, please email

Research Office Development Fund

The Research Office Development Fund is an award to support attendance at key events that relate directly to the applicant’s research/KE interests and where they will be presenting their original work, or to attend training and formative opportunities that will significantly contribute to the applicant’s research/KE development.

Download the development fund information sheet below to learn about eligibility criteria and application guidelines.

Download the Development Fund information sheet

To apply, complete all required fields in the online application form.

Apply for the Development Fund

If you have any questions, please email


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

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

  • 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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