Chris Dolan

Chris Dolan

Research Development Manager (Grants and Systems)


Chris is the Research Development Manager in the Research and Innovation Office, leading the Grants and Systems Team since June 2015.


The team provides a wide variety of support to the University's academic community, including identifying funding opportunities, delivering researcher training events and supporting the development of high-quality research proposals to a variety of funders.

Taking a lead role in supporting large-scale collaborative bids and supporting the development of the University's Research Management System, Converis, Chris acts as Chair for the Converis Governance Group.

Chris’s current areas of work include

  • funding intelligence
  • help drafting sections
  • costing proposals
  • lay review of bids
  • University authorisation (via Converis)
  • award review and acceptance

Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam, Chris worked in a variety of research support roles at Imperial College London, starting out as a Grants Administrator in the Faculty of Medicine Joint Research Office and later becoming Grants Manager for the School of Public Health and Division of Respiratory Medicine.

With over a decade of experience within the Charity and HEI sectors, Chris remains active in external networks, contributing to internal staff development events and external training courses. He presents an annual session as part of the North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities (NECAH) PG Cert residential course, as well as acting as course lead on the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Post Award Finance workshop.

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