Research & Innovation

The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) is a centralised service, supporting around 640 academic and research staff. We have a team of just over 40 staff spread over three teams, supporting research excellence partnerships & innovation and pre-award research operations, including commercial partnerships.

We generate about £42M each year in our search grant and contract funding. The heads of each service form the RIO senior management team and work closely with me to ensure an integrated and efficient service across the institution. To understand more about RIO and the Assistant Director of Research Operations, please watch our introduction video

Organisational chart

RIO Organisational chart

Alicen Nickson, Director of Research & Innovation at Cranfield, introduces the Assistant Director of Research Operations