Dr Beate Knight

Research Development Manager EU/International
Research and Enterprise Office
Dr Beate Knight


Ask me about
  • The University of Essex Catalyst Project
  • EU and International Research Funding
  • International Research Partnership building
  • Research Project Management


My primary role is to support researchers across the University to secure funding for collaborative, multinational research from international funding sources, to increase participation in international projects and to broaden the University's funding portfolio. I am also supporting the university's preparations for the possible impacts of Brexit on research. In addition I oversee the Research England funded GCRF@Essex internal funding programme ( In 2018/19 I was project managing the HEFCE funded Catalyst Project, a partnership between the University of Essex, Essex County Council and Suffolk County Council. Using cross-disciplinary expertise in data analytics, big data and evaluation, the University of Essex is supporting both County Councils to assess risk for vulnerable members of the community and is providing evaluation techniques to fully understand the impact of Council initiatives. Initially, I joined the University in 2007 to work as the Research Development Manager for the UoE Science and Health Faculty supporting the development of high quality research bids, ranging from individual awards to complex cross-Faculty and multi-partner awards. My role involved bid writing support, dissemination of relevant funding opportunities, delivery and organisation of grant writing training workshops for academic colleagues, organisation of 'funder visits' showcasing funding priorities and opportunities of funding bodies to the Essex Research Community. During this time I also project managed the multi-partner research project: "Engineering a new generation of blood substitutes". Principal Investigator was Professor Chris Cooper. The project was funded by the Medical Research Council Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (MRC DPFS). Before joining the University of Essex I worked at the University of York in the Centre of Novel Agricultural Products as information and funding officer supporting the centre's outreach and research funding activities. I have a PhD in Cell Biology and a MSc in Biology, both obtained in Germany, and worked for 10 years as a research scientist studying developmental biology in Germany, the US and the UK.


  • PhD Cell Biology Kiel University, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel, Germany (2003)

  • APM Project Management Qualification (IPMA Level D, SCQF Level 7) Association of Project Managers (2015)

  • MSc (Diplom) Biology Jena University, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, German (1999)

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5.602, Colchester Campus