Contact the STEP team

For details of how to attend the next workshop, or any other queries, please email Kasia Kmieckowiak.


The Strategic Training in External Partnerships (STEP) programme has been established with the aim to diversify research income in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Its goal is to support the Imperial research community in building new collaborations, diversify their research portfolio and deliver excellence with impact. The programme has been specifically designed for the cohort of new starters from the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

The sessions are delivered by the following central support teams:

  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Development
  • Research Council and Charity funders
  • Imperial Innovations
  • Imperial Consultants

In addition, members of the academic community who have been successful succeeded in their endeavours in external partnerships provides the participants with their first-hand experiences and a few of dos and don'ts.

The programme is bolstered by talks from members of the academic community who have been successful in securing large amounts of funding from a broad variety of sponsors. They share their first-hand experience by giving examples of good practice and show how to avoid the usual pit falls.

Content and Format

Each module focuses on a different type of engagement with external partners and provides participants with information on:

  • Identifying partners and enhancing engagement with industry
  • Building relationship with possible donors, friends of the College and alumni
  • Government and Large Foundation funding
  • Technology transfer, spin-outs and start-ups, intellectual property, patents and licensing
  • Benefits of consultancy
  • Available central support

The format of these lunch time sessions is conversational and interactive. The cohort has the opportunity to share their experience in engaging with external partners, applying for public funding, using services provided by the Imperial Innovations Group or the Imperial Consultants.

2016-2017 STEP Programme

The central support teams plan to run the STEP Programme each academic year. All new starters are welcome to attend. Further details will be available in due course. If you are interested in attending the next workshop, please speak to your Head of Department and email Kasia Kmieckowiak.

Past workshops