How to contact us

Tower One, Room 7.01

LSE Research Division

Houghton Street

London, WC2A 2AE

United Kingdom


Phone: +44 (0) 20 7106 1202




Office hours: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

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About us

The Research Division provide professional services to enable academic colleagues to focus on high quality research.

The Research Division is the central administrative body which assists LSE's academic community in respect of all areas of funded research activity.

Under the directorship of David Coombe, the following four teams offer support to academics:

Research Development team:

  • aims to increase funding application activity to externally peer reviewed funding sources and the quality of applications against funders’ strategies
  • supports LSE staff with their grant applications and liaises with internal parties for approval of proposals and external parties for contractual negotiations and agreements
  • assists in developing grant-writing skills
  • encompasses Business Partnerships (formerly known as the Corporate Relations Unit) within the Research Division. Identifies appropriate corporate research partners and funding opportunities, develops and sets up long-term sustainable research partnerships with the corporate sectors whilst ensuring compliance with LSE regulations.

Meet the Research Development team

Research Awards team:

  • coordinates, manages and provides support in all aspects of research grant management (once an application is awarded)
  • ensures compliance with internal financial regulations and the regulations of research funding bodies
  • manages the contractual relationship with external research funding bodies
  • manages certain elements of the new Research Infrastructure and Investment Fund (the replacement to the Research Committee Seed Fund)

Meet the Research Awards team

Research Policy team:

  • offers advice on LSE’s Research Ethics Policy
  • supports the development and governance of research policy and strategy
  • manages the Research Excellence Framework (REF) preparation and submission process, including publications and impact case studies
  • creates greater awareness of Knowledge Exchange and Impact (KEI) activities both within the LSE and at an individual level through KEI projects funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and the ESRC Impact Accelerator Account
  • manages the Research Impact website

Meet the Research Policy team

Business Systems and Communications team:

  • develops and maintains the Division's IT systems
  • provides management information and benchmarking data
  • monitors and streamlines business processes
  • leads the Division's communications strategy

Meet the Business Systems and Communications team


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