I work as a Research Coordinator at the Grants Office and support large international proposals which are coordinated by SLU. The support I offer includes background research on call topics, proposal strategy planning, advice on consortium building, quality reviews of proposals and overall project management of the application process.
I have a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh, and a PGDip in Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. After starting my career as an Academic Librarian in my home city of Edinburgh, I worked as Grants Manager for a small wave energy technology development company for 5 years. I was responsible for preparing both national and international (including EU) applications for research grant funding, and also the financial administration of all awarded grants throughout the contract period.
In 2016 I began working as a self-employed Grant Funding Consultant and offered my clients quality reviews of their funding proposals, as well as coordinating and/or writing several proposals for companies who did not have the in-house expertise. I worked with several companies in the marine renewables sector, and also spent a significant amount of time working with a start-up whisky distillery to establish funding for their construction costs.