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Funding Development Team

RDS Funding Development Team

The team is currently led by Jo Garrad (leaving BU 26/5/22).  A quick contact list is provided here but more details on individuals is provided below:

Research Facilitators to help you develop your research ideas: Lisa Andrews for Health and Social Sciences; Alexandra Pekalski for Media and Communication and for BUBS; Ainar Blaudums for all EU and international funding and SciTech, and Ehren Milner for Industrial Collaboration and SciTech. In addition, Ehren and Ainar are part of the Strategic and Major Applications for Research Team (SMART). Please note: that the RFs are moving to a Funder-Focus from 1 August 2022. More details are here.

Funding Development Officers to assist you through the application process: Alice Brown for SMART and for Health and Social Sciences whilst there is a vacancy; Kerri Jones  for SciTech, Sara Mundy for BUBS, and Eva Papadopoulou for Media and Communication.

Jo Garrad

Jo Garrad

Funding Development Manager


I am responsible for overseeing all aspects of the management of pre-award support for external research and knowledge exchange funding applications across the University. My challenge is to increase the quality and quantity of proposals to support the achievement of the BU2025 strategy, and to design and implement best practice.

In addition, I oversee the BU Global Visiting Fellowship scheme and the BU Academic Targeted Research Scheme.  I am also a member of BU’s Athena SWAN SAT.

Please note that I leave BU on 26/5/22.

Alexandra Pekalski

Alexandra Pekalski

Research Facilitator (Faculty of Media & Communication and BU Business School

(01202) 968249

I am Alexandra Pękalski (nee Peirce) and I am the Research Facilitator for the Faculty of Media and Communication, and the BU Business School. I am part of the Funding Development Team, which offers support and advice with all pre-award activities, such as horizon scanning, identifying funding opportunities and developing and submitting proposals. Within my previous role as Senior RKE Support officer, I have worked across all Faculties and have knowledge and understanding of a broad range of sponsors including European Commission, AHRC, EPSRC and Leverhulme (to name but a few!). Before the world of Research Administration I held various roles at the University such as, Programme Administrator, Planning & Resources Officer and Project & Finance Manager. I have also worked in the private sector as a Marketing Executive. I am particularly keen to work on developing and supporting multi/interdisciplinary collaborations within the university and externally, developing a new researchers development framework and working closely with early careers researchers.

Lisa Andrews

Lisa Andrews

Research Facilitator (HSS)


(01202) 968258

As Research Facilitator for the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, I provide support to researchers from the outset to develop their ideas, identify potential funding opportunities, build research teams and advise on bid content and structure.

Before joining RDS I was Clinical Research Co-ordinator for the Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit, and worked closely with researchers in local NHS Trusts to facilitate collaborations with academics across BU. I have a BSc in Psychology from Cardiff University, and a background in mental health research having previously worked as a Research Assistant in Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust. Whilst there, I co-ordinated NIHR grant applications and trial recruitment and assessment.

Outside of work I enjoy running (sometimes!), good food, live music, and spending time with my family.


Ainar Blaudums

Ainar Blaudums

Research Facilitator International and FST

(01202) 965083

I am high-profile expert of EU research framework programmes (Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe) working across all faculties and supporting proposals to EU and international funders. I am also the Research Facilitator for three FST departments – Design & Engineering, Computing & Informatics and Creative Technology.

Within wider RDS Funding Development Team, aim of my work is to contribute towards the growth of EU and international research activity across the University. In addition to the above, I am a secretary for ACORN and GCRF internal funding panels and assist the strengthening and development of AT SIA.

My responsibilities include scanning strategic agendas of EU and international research funders, supporting principal investigators in reinforcing their applications, ensuring the proposal meets the funder’s strategic aims and supporting BU colleagues with my expertise of EU and international funding.

It is more than 15 years since I started bidding for EU and international grants and implementation of research and innovation projects. My skills have been developed previously working for government institutions, high-tech industry internationally and in close collaboration with the European Commission.

Ehren Milner

Ehren Milner

Research Facilitator (Industrial Collaboration and FST).

(01202) 968267

I am the Research Facilitator for Industrial Collaboration across BU and the Research Facilitator for the Departments of AAFS, LES and Psychology.  I am part of the Funding Development Team, which offers support and advice with all pre-award activities and help to develop and support multi/interdisciplinary collaborations.  I help with horizon scanning, identifying funding opportunities and developing and submitting proposals for a wide range of funding bodies such as the AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC etc.  A focal point of my role is to also help contribute to the development of academic staff through the RKE Development Framework.

As part of my previous as Funding Development Officer, I supported EU/International strategy and am keen on seeking international collaborations. I also spent more than 14 years working as a heritage consultant and archaeologist in the academic sector on behalf of QUANGOs.  Much of this work has focused on the analysis of local authority policies and EU legislation and the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to analyse spatial data and provide socio-demographic segmentation. I’ve also given the odd lecture on IT, geochemistry and planning law. Outside of work my interests are basketball, DIY and BBQing.

Alice Brown

Alice Brown

Senior Funding Development Officer (SMART)

(01202) 968247

I am a Senior Funding Development Officer supporting the Strategic & Major Applications for Research Team (SMART) funding applications. My work days are Tuesdays to Fridays. I look forward to working with academic and professional services colleagues to achieve the goal of being awarded research funding.

As a brief background to myself, just before commencing in this role, I was the Senior Research & Knowledge Exchange Officer at the Arts University Bournemouth as secondment cover. During that time, I managed research degree students and academic research, under which there was funding development work. Before that, I have relocated with my family from Australia, having worked for 7 years in the Western Australian State Government in legal, policy and research roles.

My interests are travelling, hiking, painting and fine dining.

Kerri Jones

Kerri Jones

Funding Development Officer (SciTech)

(01202) 961254

I am a Funding development Officer within the Research Development and Support. I support academic colleagues in the Faculty of Science and Technology with the pre-award process. I was previously part of the Administration Team in the School of Applied Sciences/Faculty of Science and Technology as the Academic Quality Administrator, where I was responsible for supporting colleagues on quality and regulatory matters.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling and spending time with friends and family and I am also a huge Formula 1 fan.

Eva Papadopoulou

Eva Papadopoulou

Funding Development Officer (Media and Communication)


(01202) 968252

I am a Funding development Officer within Research Development and Support. I support academic colleagues in the Faculty of Media and Communication with the pre-award process. I have worked at BU for over thirteen years, originally within HSS as part of the PDU team and then as the Research Administrator of the School. I have been a member of RDS since 2012 with various posts in pre and post award, and have worked across Faculties, Business School, ApSci, EU, and a year secondment as the ethics adviser.  I work across all days of the week,  Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays: Talbot Campus, W131, Weynouth House and Tuesdays& Wednesdays: Lansdowne Campus, M402, Melbury House.

Outside of work I enjoy reading and watching good films and box sets as well as travelling with my family.

Sara Mundy

Sara Mundy

Funding Development Officer (BUBS)


(01202) 968253

I am a Funding development Officer within Research Development and Support. I support academic colleagues in the BU Business School with the pre-award process.

I joined Research Development and Support in October 2013 as a Project Administrator, providing support for all awarded R&KE projects in HSS and SciTech. In my time with RDS I have obtained a vast amount of knowledge about the research environment.

My previous work experience has all been in the Private sector mainly in banking and insurance.

I am the BU Netball Team Patron as I played competitively myself for more than 30 years. I enjoy going on foreign holidays with my partner, we have 2 dogs called Ziggy and Romi and we enjoy long walks along the beach and the surrounding countryside with them.



Funding Development Officer (FHSS)

Please contact Alice Brown in the interim. If you are submitting an intention to bid form, please do this through the electronic ItB portal.

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