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The Research, Innovation and Enterprise 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. 

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 2019-20 financial year must be completed by the end of July 2020. 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

External funding opportunities

The University subscribes to Pivot, a worldwide database of research funding opportunities. This is the best place for Solent staff to start looking for potential funders for research projects. New users can register for a Pivot account by visiting the Pivot website and using your University email address to sign up. If you're note sure where to start, or want a refresher, take a look at these training videos.


Further support with using Pivot is available by contacting


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

The Research, Innovation and Enterprise 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

Bid support

The bid support process is the University’s primary source of information 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, Innovation and Enterprise team provides support for and works with each applicant throughout the process. To get started on a new bid, please have a look at the FAQs page on SOL for further information and contact details.

Download the bid support process

Managing your research using Pure

Pure is the University’s research information management system. It enables you to manage all of your projects, applications, awards, research outputs and research activities from a single place. Your public facing researcher profile is also managed from here.

Find out more about Pure

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 innovation. It is a mix of face-to-face sessions and online resources, with funding and bidding forming a key part of the core series ‘Develop your research’.

The RDP is on Solent Online Learning – you will need to log in using your university email and single-sign-on password to access the programme.

Go to the RDP course page

Staff and students can also sign up to receive regular updates on development and training opportunities by emailing the Research Programmes Officer.


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