Research and Innovation Portal (BETA)


About the Portal

The Research and Innovation portal brings together all the available information and guidance for academics and staff involved in the management and delivery of research and innovation projects at UCL

About the Beta Site

The site has been launched as a “Beta” version. A beta site is a limited release of a new website with the goal of obtaining and incorporating initial feedback before a full release to a broader audience. This means that whilst functional, there are improvements that can be made to navigation, existing content and known gaps (especially around innovation).

We are very keen that the user audience has input and is able to make this resource the best it can be for you and colleagues across UCL. Each page on the site has a Feedback Form for you to submit suggestions. Please use this to help the team build out the website via regular updates.

The site will remain Beta until the development steering group are satisfied that the key areas of feedback have been addressed. Longer-term curation and management of the site will be undertaken by Research and Innovation Services.

About the Portal

Current information and guidance across the UCL website is structured according to the team that offers the advice. This requires academics and professional service staff to know about all the teams, what their remit is and whether they are relevant to your particular project before being able to access the right information.

The Research and Innovation Portal offers access to this information and guidance via an additional route; the Research and Innovation Lifecycle. The portal, therefore, doesn’t “own” the content but instead points you to the right sources of information and subject matter experts depending on your needs and point in your project.

The site is therefore independent of any academic or professional service teams and does not attempt to duplicate local information.

Over time the Portal will be enhanced to cover the full range of research and innovation activity.

About the Research and Innovation Lifecycle

The Research and Innovation Lifecycle as used in this site is designed to follow generic research and innovation lifecycle project stages as shown below:

  • Before you start
  • Planning and design
  • Project set up
  • Project management
  • Project outputs
  • Project close

Due to the diversity of projects undertaken, this lifecycle can only ever be a proxy for the complexity of work undertaken.

It has been developed in consultation with a broad range of academics and other users to reflect the best view, whilst retaining simplicity and usefulness. The lifecycle itself and the subpages of content are also subject to enhancement and improvement and feedback on the structure and navigation through the site is also welcome.