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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.

Special funding call: policy through evidence

Does your research influence decision-makers? Could you use extra funding by the end of March 2020 to create policy-related research impact?  

Research England have granted the University funding to develop research activity supporting local, regional, national and international policymakers, and we have opened a rolling call for staff to submit proposals relating to any activities which fit the outline of the call and could contribute to beneficial changes in policy.

The call closes on 31 January 2020, and awards must be spent by 31 March 2020.

Download funding information and criteria sheet

Apply for funding

Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (RIKE) Awards

The RIKE Awards provide opportunities for researchers on fixed-term or indefinite contracts to develop new projects. We are currently piloting a new rolling application system with three types of award:

  • StARTer - up to £1,500 for Students As Research Technicians
  • Accelerator – up to £5,000 for developmental projects, partnerships or networks
  • Catapult – Up to £12,000 for pilot studies and proof of concept.

Please email if you would like to find out more, or to apply for one of the awards.

Further opportunities

If you have a research or innovation project idea that doesn't qualify for existing external funding, please get in touch with Catherine Lee in the first instance.

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. Email to get started.

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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