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Second series of the ‘Researcher to Innovator’ programme launching May 2019


Due to popular demand, the UMIP Innovation Optimiser are pleased to announce the launch of a second series of the Researcher to Innovator (R2I) programme this May. R2I is a brand-new fully-funded programme that was introduced to The University of Manchester earlier this year. It familiarises Early Career Researchers* (ECRs) with the concept of commercialisation and encourages creativity, innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset. Throughout the 4-part programme, ECRs can explore and refine their ideas and conduct good-quality customer discovery activities.

As a researcher at an early stage in your career, it can be both daunting and exciting to discover that, increasingly, universities are encouraging you to maximise the potential impact of your research. This programme will encompass an initial ‘boot-camp’ style event, lasting just short of 12 hours comprising a series of interactive professional development sessions, which will enable you to identify skills and opportunities to develop impact through commercialisation.

This event will take place on Tuesday 14th May 2019 and is limited to 30 ambitious ECRs at The University of Manchester.

The inaugural R2I programme launched in February and was a huge success. Abouzied Nasar, an ECR from the school of MACE commented: “I attended the R2I boot-camp back in February after my line manager Prof. Benedict Rogers recommended it to me. I saw it as an opportunity to find out what support is available to develop my idea for a start-up business. I knew the programme was focussed around commercialisation, but I wasn’t expecting to gain the skills and support that I have from just three workshops. The other ECRs and I soon became a pretty close-knit group, sharing ideas and supporting one another with our experiences and thinking. With the help of the R2I team I managed to identify key groups within business that I needed to speak with to evaluate the merit of my idea. I’ve recently been awarded just over £3,000 in funding through the Innovation Optimiser to enable me to go out and test the feasibility of my idea in the global market; I’m very excited for what the future holds. In summary: If you are an ECR with even an inch of an idea I strongly recommend the R2I programme. It is an incredible opportunity not to be missed!”

If you would like to benefit from this bespoke programme of support, please register using EVENTBRITE by the 9th May 2019. Places are available on a FCFS basis.

Please note: this event is exclusive to ECRs at The University of Manchester.

*UK Research Council definition of ECR: an individual who is within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or an individual who is within six years of their first academic appointment. These durations exclude any period of career break, e.g. for family care or health reasons. The ‘first academic appointment’ is defined as the first paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary functions. The award of PhD is defined at the point of successful PhD viva.