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How we support researchers

The University of Bradford is a research-intensive institution.  The value we place on our researchers is reflected in the extensive help we offer our research staff:

  • workshops and tools to identify funding
  • resources and help on preparing proposals and managing your project
  • specialists to guide you through intellectual property, contracting and ethics approval
  • development of your impact case studies
  • promoting your outcomes

If you are considering a research career at Bradford, please get in touch with the Department of Research and Innovation Services to explore the support available in more detail.  If you have just arrived at Bradford, there is a huge amount of information available on our Departmental Intranet Website.


Research is the only path to innovation. It is a path we embrace wholeheartedly. Prof John Bridgeman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation & Engagement)

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Frequently referred to as the Researcher Development Concordat, this is a national agreement to improve support for researchers and researcher careers in UK HE.

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Research and Innovation Services

The Department of Research and Innovation Services provides a service to the University of Bradford's research community by supporting academics.  We identify and assist in applying for research grants, gain ethics approval for research, protect their ideas and find ways to make the most out of them.  The RaIS team also seek out commercial partners to exchange knowledge with, as well as protecting the University by handling contractual arrangements with funders and partners.

Our expertise:

  • Bid writing
  • Applying for ethics approval
  • Applying for patents
  • Spinning out novel ideas into companies
  • Legal contract development
  • REF and Impact
  • Business Development
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership programmes
  • Marketing

Contact us by email or call us on 01274 236000.

Career development

The University provide many training and development opportunities to help its research staff progress from early career to established professor. Development opportunities for research staff include training and seminars on:

  • Research ethics
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Horizon 2020
  • Costing, pricing and winning grant funding
  • Impact

Research students (and staff if they wish to attend) also have access to the PGR framework. A training and development programme for doctoral researchers delivered as seminars, lectures, modules or one to one support.

The University Library also run a programme of workshops to develop your skills in finding and managing information to support your research and maximise your impact. 

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Research investment

Competitive internal investment funds are available for researchers to get support to travel overseas, shape and build a collaborative research bid and promote their publications. There is a particular focus on international and partner research and early career research development.

A job at Bradford

Find out what jobs are currently available and what our employee rewards and benefits offer you.