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Research and Innovation Services (RIS) was formed in 2021 to enable excellence in research and innovation support. Led by Executive Director, Claire Glen, we provide UCL’s academic community with the tools, support and expertise they need to deliver cutting-edge research that solves real-world problems.

UCL has a history of academic excellence and is consistently ranked among the world's top universities. We are renowned for conducting internationally leading research that addresses some of the greatest challenges facing the world. Our work helps UCL to sustain and advance its position as a world-leading, research-intensive university.

UCL researchers secure an income of approximately £470million every year through national and international grant applications and industry funding. Our dedicated teams of research and innovation support professionals play a crucial role in helping UCL academics submit more than 4000 grant applications each year and manage a portfolio of approximately 6000 active awards and contracts across the university. 

Our services


We enable excellent research and innovation by providing our academic community with efficient, effective and flexible advisory and administrative support services. Find out more about our services below. 

Research Services

Our Research Services teams provide end-to-end support services for UCL's academic community, from pre- to post-award, ensuring regulatory, financial and statutory compliance for the university.

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Research Contracts

Our Research Contracts work closely with UCL academic and professional support staff to draft, review, negotiate and approve the terms of various research-related contracts.

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Research and Innovation Portal

Based on the research and innovation lifecycle, our Research and Innovation Portal brings together all available information and guidance from across the university to support our academic community with the management and delivery of research and innovation projects.

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Transforming research and innovation services at UCL


Our aim is to provide our academic community with the services they need to deliver outstanding cutting-edge research. To achieve this, we are transforming our existing services and developing a range of new services to enhance research and innovation support at UCL.

Research and Innovation Support Transformer

The Research and Innovation Support Transformer (RIST) was created to transform institutional support for UCL's research and innovation activity. The programme aims to ensure our services provide an improved experience for researchers and increase compliance with internal and external regulations.

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Trialling new ways of supporting innovation projects

Through RIST, we are exploring ways to better support innovation projects at UCL. We have established a pilot with the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Medical Sciences to look at ways collaborations and funding are brought into UCL.

The pilot, led by Liam McCafferty (Head of Innovation Service Development), will initially focus on a small number of projects that aim to support innovation activities in these faculties, before looking at how innovation and research support could be better integrated at UCL to improve services to academics.

New services in development

Over the coming months, we will be rolling out a number of new services to help support research and innovation at UCL. We will announce these new services as they are developed.