Funding Opportunities

RADMA provides funding in the following areas:

  1. Doctoral studies - annual call
  2. Postgraduate student conference funding - presenting a paper - open call
  3. Postgraduate student conference funding - attendance only - open call
  4. Postgraduate project support - open call

RADMA has regular calls for applications to these funding streams. Applications are welcome across the breadth of the research and development management discipline. RADMA particularly encourages applications that explore important relevant issues or further understanding in the following areas:

  1. Management of scientific and technological activity
  2. Management of research & development, product design and innovation
  3. Strategy formulation and human resources
  4. Management of technology and policy

R&D Management is less to do with the underpinning technologies of R&D and more to do with the practice of good management to ensure the most efficient and effective ways of cultivating and exploring R&D and innovation.  'Management' is the key word with successful candidates exploring new concepts and techniques for managing R&D and technology innovation.  

Applications received for Postgraduate Project Support and for Postgraduate Student Conference Funding are reviewed by two of RADMA's Trustees.  Applications for Doctoral Studies are reviewed in the first instance by two non-Trustee experts in the field of R&D Management.  The arising shortlist is reviewed by two Trustees and the final shortlist is validated by at least one other Trustee.  Applications for attendance at the R&D Management Conference are administered via the conference organiser.

Please read our FAQs for further information.


Current calls for funding:

Doctoral Studies Programme

Opening: 1st November 2014

Closing: 28th February 2015

The 2014 Doctoral Studies funding round is now closed.  Awards are expected to be announced in early July 2014.  Dates for the next funding round (2015) are above.

This award provides up to three years funding to talented prospective or mid-study PhD students, offering an opportunity to concentrate on the studentship for the period of the award.  The expectation is that candidates will have a Masters degree in a relevant field or an excellent first degree or equivalent.  Candidates will be expected to complete yearly progress reports and to make a copy of their thesis available to RADMA upon its completion. 

To be eligible for funding candidates must be accepted for PhD study at a UK university.  Applications must be supported by the candidate’s PhD supervisor.  Awards will be granted to and administered through the institution, not individual candidates.  The award will cover costs related to fees and specified living expenses up to a maximum of £17,500 per academic year (pro-rata for part-time students; partial funding is a possibility) and conditional upon the receipt of acceptable annual progress reports. 

For more information please contact Joanne Leach, Secretary to the Trustees at info@radma.ltd.uk. 

Student Attendance at the R&D Management Conference

RADMA helps fund students to attend the R&D Management Conference and this is administered by the Conference organiser. The award provides support to talented mid-study Masters and PhD students who are presenting a paper that is relevant to their study at the R&D Management Conference. Candidates must be undertaking a Masters or PhD within the research and development management discipline. The award will cover up to €600 towards the Conference Fee.

Postgraduate Project Support Programme

RADMA has issued an open call for proposals under its Postgraduate Project Support Programme. The award provides support to talented mid-study Masters and PhD students for expenses directly related to their postgraduate research in the field of R&D management. Up to £500 is available for Masters and £1000 for PhD projects.  For more information please contact Joanne Leach, Secretary to the Trustees, on 07785 792 187 or at info@radma.ltd.uk. You can download an application form by clicking here. You can download the full call for proposals by clicking here. Please read the award's terms and conditions, which you can download by clicking here.  All applications are to be submitted as Word or PDF files to info@radma.ltd.uk.  Zipped documents cannot be accepted due to security risks.  All applications will be confirmed via email.

Postgraduate Student Conference Funding Programme

RADMA has issued two open calls for proposals under its Postgraduate Student Conference Funding Programme: (1) up to £500 for those students presenting a paper and (2) up to £250 for attendance only.  The award provides support to talented mid-study Masters and PhD students to attend a conference relevant to their studies.  For more information please contact Joanne Leach, Secretary to the Trustees, on 07785 792 187 or at info@radma.ltd.uk.  You can download an application form for presenting a paper by clicking here, or for attendance only by clicking here.  You can download the full call for proposals by clicking here.  Please read the award's terms and conditions, which you can download by clicking here.  All applications are to be submitted as Word or PDF files to info@radma.ltd.uk.  Zipped documents cannot be accepted due to security risks.  All applications will be confirmed via email.

If you are interested in obtaining support from RADMA to attend the annual R&D Management Conference, please contact the organiser directly (do not apply via this funding stream.)  You can find details of the organiser under the R&D Management Conference tab on the Home page.

Latest News

  • Doctoral Studies Programme 2014

    The 2014 Doctoral Studies funding round is now closed.  Awards are expected to be announced in early July 2014.  Opening date for the next funding round (2015) is 1st November 2014, closing date is 28th February 2015.  This award provides up to three years funding to prospective or mid-study PhD students attending a UK university.  

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  • Student PhD completion

    RADMA is pleased to announce that Imoh Ilevbare has successfully completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge: "An investigation into the treatment of uncertainty and risk in roadmapping: a framework and a practical process."  RADMA was privileged to support Imoh's third year of study and wishes him well for the future.

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  • Events

    11th European Network on the Economics of the Firm (ENEF) Meeting, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Manchester Business School, UK - 11th and 12th September 2014 - The (co)evolution of firms and industries: theoretical analyses and empirical contributions.  Please see https://research.mbs.ac.uk/innovation/Newsevents/ENEFConference2014.aspx.

    EIASM - 24th European Doctoral Summer School on Technology Management -"Innovation and Technology Management Research and Publishing" - Leuven, Belgium, 15-19 September 2014.  Only PhD students who are well ahead in their second PhD year are eligible for participation in this workshop.  Registration no later than 30 June 2014.  www.eiasm.org/frontoffice/eden_announcement.asp?event_id=1056.

    ASIALICS 2014 - 11th Asia Association for Learning, Innovation and Co-evolution Studies International Conference, Korea, 25-27 September 2014. Please see  http://www.asialics.or.kr/ for more information.

    The ISPIM Asia-Pacific Innovation Forum will be held in Singapore on 7-10 December 2014, in collaboration with Singapore Management University.  Call for papers is now open and the full text can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1dAop9J.  Deadline for submissions is 12 September 2014 and details on how to submit, as well as other information on the event, can be found at: http://bit.ly/1bWyRnf.

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  • Postgraduate Student Project Support Funding

    November 2013 Review - £1000 awarded to Sara Hajnassiri, Dept. of Engineering, Cambridge University, towards travel, accommodation and miscellaneous expenses involved in her PhD research "Measuring Design Performance."   £990 to David Johnson, University of Edinburgh Business School, towards travel and accommodation expenses involved in his PhD research: "Regenerative Medicine Venturing: The Development of Collaborative Capabilities Under Uncertainty."   £1000 awarded to Juliet Ongwae, School of Environment, University of Manchester, towards travel expenses involved in her PhD research: "Participation in Mobile Money Innovation in Developing Countries."

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  • Doctoral Studies Awards 2013/14

    Mohammad Yasser Darvizeh, Manchester Business School, PhD title: "Dynamic capabilities in new product development and its effect on firms' performance."

    Anna Walker, Manchester Business School, PhD title: "A multilevel investigation into the psychology of Front End innovation."

    Xingkun Liang, Cambridge University, PhD title: "PhD title: "Insight into the international R&D network - understanding and designing global innovation network."

    Xia Meng, University of Bath, PhD title: "The application of forecasting methods in companies and other organisations."

    Hyunwook Hwangbo, Lancaster University, PhD title: "An examination of how approaches to product design differ nationally by examining organisational cultures: a study of East and West."

    Marc Szepan, Oxford University, PhD title: "M&A Strategy, Latecomer Firms and Acquisition Integration."

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  • Postgraduate Student Conference Funding

    April 2014 Review Awards:

    Frank Dzokoto, Loughborough University, towards conference fees, travel, subsistence and accommodation involved in presenting his paper: “Conceptualising actors’ information behaviour: an investigation into project information dynamics” at the 30th Annual Conference of Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) being held in Portsmouth, September 2014; Natalia Kudryashova, Cambridge University, towards conference fees, travel, subsistence and accommodation involved in presenting her paper: “The market of Internet sponsored links in the context of competition law: can modelling help?” at the 23rd International World Wide Web Conference held in Seoul, Korea in April 2014; Simon Milewski, York University, towards conference fees, travel and subsistence involved in presenting his paper: “Exploring open process innovation in large manufacturing firms: framework development and empirical investigation” at the 21st EurOMA Conference – Operations Management in an Innovation Economy - being held in Perlermo, Italy, in June 2014;  Isimemeh Osagie, Strathclyde University, towards conference fees, travel and subsistence involved in presenting his paper: Organisational agility and the business process conundrum: is reconfiguration the answer?” at the European Operations Management Association Conference being held in Perlermo, Italy, in June 2014;  Katia Oliveira Pina, Manchester University, towards conference fees, travel, subsistence and accommodation involved in presenting her paper: “The influence of knowledge types and location on the innovative behaviours of KIBS” at the DRUID Academy Conference held in Aalborg, Denmark, in January 2014;  Stefania Sansoni, Strathclyde University, towards conference fees involved in presenting her paper: “The aesthetics of prosthetic design: from theory to practice” at the 13th International Design Conference held in Dubrovnik in May 2014;  Ka Wai Shiu, King’s College, London, towards conference fees, travel, subsistence and accommodation involved in presenting his paper: “The mythical implications of technology to ethical decisions of entrepreneurs” at the Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference held in Denver, Colorado in May 2014;  Man Hang Yip, Cambridge University, towards travel and subsistence involved in presenting her papers: “Characterising product-service systems in the healthcare industry” and “The influence of product and service ratio on stakeholder interaction in software system development” at the Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET ’14) to be held in Kanazawa, Japan, in July 2014.

    October 2013 Review Awards:  £500 awarded to JR Gamage, Strathclyde university, towards fees, travel and accommodation involved in presenting his paper: "What Makes Cleaning a Costly Operation in Remanufacturing" at the 11th Global Conference for Sustainable Manufacturing held in Berlin in September 2013.

    £298 awarded to Sophie Payne-Gifford, Reading university, towards fees and accommodation involved in her presentation: "Innovation Systems Analysis to Take Advantage of the Regulatory Opportunity Presented by 1107/2009 - Placing Plant Protection Products on the Market" at the IPM Conference in Lincolnshire in October 2013.

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  • Articles of Interest

    A new issue of ISPIM magazine is now available.  The six new articles in issue 3/2013 are:

    Big Thinking in Innovation by Tamara Carleton, Innovation, Leadership Board, LLC, William Cockayne, Stanford University, and Andreas Larsson, Lund University http://bit.ly/13hxVZW.

    When Users Take Control: Managing the Dark Side of Customer Co-Creation by Alexandra Gatzweiler, Vera Blazevic, and Frank T. Piller, RWTH Aachen http://bit.ly/13hxZJq.

    Quebec Seeks Solutions: Solving Real Business Problems with Local Open Innovation by Christophe Deutsch, R&D Manager at Telops & Co-founder at Seeking Solutions http://bit.ly/17OWVJL.

    Jazz-style Improvisation in New Product Development (including a video interview) by Gerrit A. de Waal, Swinburne University, and Paul Knott, University of Canterbury http://bit.ly/18r3qSz.

    Design for Participation by Pascal Finette, Director, Office of the Chair, Mozilla http://bit.ly/1clrQnS.

    When Innovation Management Means Invention Management (including a vedeo interview) by Leonid Chechurin, Principal Engineer at Samsung Electronics http://bit.ly/13hy93i.

    The ISPIM Magazine offers insight and informed opinion on Innovation Management from industry, academic, consulting and policy-making perspectives with a global coverage. The ISPIM Magazine is freely available at http://magazine.ispim.org. It is edited by Helena Forsman, Professor at the University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.

    InnovationTools.com and InnovationManagement.se are now part of the Global Innovation Network, sharing knowledge, best practices, tools and related resources among innovation practitioners.  Visit http://tinyurl.com/cmlxmx9 for more details.

    Kickstarting Innovation:  In a world that's moving faster and faster, Kickstarter founder Yancey Strickler's advice to the industry is to slow down, dig deep, and craft a story about what truly matters.  Visit http://www.thinkwithgoogle.co.uk/quarterly/people/yancey-strtickler-kickstarter.html.

    New book outlines 50 serial innovators and how they develop novel products.  "Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms" (Raymond Price and Bruce Vojak).  Visit http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/2012/06/04/new-book-outlines-care-and-feeding-“serial-innovatorsâ€??goback=.gde_56751_member_121704098.

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Recent Funding Opportunities

Doctoral Studies Programme

Opening: 1st November 2014

Closing: 28th February 2015

The 2014 Doctoral Studies funding round is now closed.  Awards are expected to be announced in early July 2014.  Dates for the next funding round (2015) are above.

This award provides up to three years funding to talented prospective or mid-study PhD students, offering an opportunity to concentrate on the studentship for the period of the award.  The expectation is that candidates will have a Masters degree in a relevant field or an excellent first degree or equivalent.  Candidates will be expected to complete yearly progress reports and to make a copy of their thesis available to RADMA upon its completion. 

To be eligible for funding candidates must be accepted for PhD study at a UK university.  Applications must be supported by the candidate’s PhD supervisor.  Awards will be granted to and administered through the institution, not individual candidates.  The award will cover costs related to fees and specified living expenses up to a maximum of £17,500 per academic year (pro-rata for part-time students; partial funding is a possibility) and conditional upon the receipt of acceptable annual progress reports. 

For more information please contact Joanne Leach, Secretary to the Trustees at info@radma.ltd.uk. 

Student Attendance at the R&D Management Conference

RADMA helps fund students to attend the R&D Management Conference and this is administered by the Conference organiser. The award provides support to talented mid-study Masters and PhD students who are presenting a paper that is relevant to their study at the R&D Management Conference. Candidates must be undertaking a Masters or PhD within the research and development management discipline. The award will cover up to €600 towards the Conference Fee.

Postgraduate Project Support Programme

RADMA has issued an open call for proposals under its Postgraduate Project Support Programme. The award provides support to talented mid-study Masters and PhD students for expenses directly related to their postgraduate research in the field of R&D management. Up to £500 is available for Masters and £1000 for PhD projects.  For more information please contact Joanne Leach, Secretary to the Trustees, on 07785 792 187 or at info@radma.ltd.uk. You can download an application form by clicking here. You can download the full call for proposals by clicking here. Please read the award's terms and conditions, which you can download by clicking here.  All applications are to be submitted as Word or PDF files to info@radma.ltd.uk.  Zipped documents cannot be accepted due to security risks.  All applications will be confirmed via email.

Postgraduate Student Conference Funding Programme

RADMA has issued two open calls for proposals under its Postgraduate Student Conference Funding Programme: (1) up to £500 for those students presenting a paper and (2) up to £250 for attendance only.  The award provides support to talented mid-study Masters and PhD students to attend a conference relevant to their studies.  For more information please contact Joanne Leach, Secretary to the Trustees, on 07785 792 187 or at info@radma.ltd.uk.  You can download an application form for presenting a paper by clicking here, or for attendance only by clicking here.  You can download the full call for proposals by clicking here.  Please read the award's terms and conditions, which you can download by clicking here.  All applications are to be submitted as Word or PDF files to info@radma.ltd.uk.  Zipped documents cannot be accepted due to security risks.  All applications will be confirmed via email.

If you are interested in obtaining support from RADMA to attend the annual R&D Management Conference, please contact the organiser directly (do not apply via this funding stream.)  You can find details of the organiser under the R&D Management Conference tab on the Home page.

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