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Sarah Johnson-Mitchell

Sarah Johnson-Mitchell MBA

European Research Support Officer, Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR)


Sarah is the European Research Support Officer in the Research and Innovation Office. The role involves supporting the development and submission of European research applications across the University.

  • About

    Sarah is the University expert in the field of European funding, which includes undertaking the role of Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR) at an institutional level. Responsibilities include liaison with the European Commission, managing the legal and financial information on the participant portal including access rights to sign legal documents and grant agreements.

    Sarah’s current areas of work include

    • developing research applications between SMEs, industrial companies and academia
    • identifying relevant EU funding opportunities and driving the bidding process
    • developing a good working relationship with EU funders and maintaining strong relationships with collaborative partners
    • working with teams and individuals to submit competitive, large scale European research proposals

    Sarah’s experience includes strategic leadership and managing projects and consortia in both the private and public sector, with a professional track record in European funding at both pre- and post-award stages, in particular the EU Framework Programmes and Horizon 2020.

    Employed as a Marketing Manager for eleven years before joining Sheffield Hallam in 2008, Sarah now takes a leading role in the identification and promotion of European strategic funding opportunities, by developing, managing and expanding the University's European research funding portfolio, supporting research staff including individuals and research teams to submit grant applications.

    Sarah has further extensive experience of areas including

    • funder liaison
    • managing large-scale international research projects
    • contributing specialist advice
    • monitoring rules
    • guidance and regulations
    • actively keeping abreast of new initiatives and supporting researchers from initial project conception through to submission and award

    In 2015, Sarah completed an MBA at Sheffield Hallam. Using the higher education sector as a case study, the MBA developed a deeper understanding of wider University issues. The knowledge and experience gained whilst working and studying at the University supports mentees on the University's Professional Development Programme.

    Sarah also has a particular interest in education and is currently vice-chair of a governing body.

  • Publications

    Conference papers

    Yates, S., Jopek, L., Mitchell, S., & Wilson, R. (2009). Semantic interoperability between ballistic systems through the application of ontology. In IADIS (International Association for Development of the Information Society) International Conference in Applied Computing 2009, Rome, Italy, 19 November 2009 - 21 November 2009.

    Akhgar, B., Yates, S., Rahman, F., Jopek, L., Mitchell, S., & Caldarelli, L. (2009). A Pan European platform for combating organized crime and terrorism (Odyssey Platform). In Centeris : Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems, Esposende, Portugal, 7 October 2009 - 10 October 2009.

    Yates, S., Jopek, L., Mitchell, S., Wilson, R., Calderelli, L., & Fortune, D. (2008). The Odyssey platform: a unified European response to a global threat. In Conference.

    Book chapters

    Mcseveny, K., & Waddington, D. (2011). Up close and personal : the interplay between information technology and human agency in the policing of the 2011 Sheffield Anti-Lib Dem protes. In Akhgar, B., & Yates, S. (Eds.) Intelligence management : knowledge driven frameworks for combating terrorism and organized crime. (pp. 199-212). Springer:

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