ESRC Business Boost funding for PhD students within SeNSS DTP consortium

Funding Opportunities

Small-scale Rapid Response funds – max £1,500

The Business Boost is funded through ESRC Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) within three of the 10 SeNSS universities. Each of these universities also has smaller pots of funding available for PhD students from their respective universities. Further information can be found here:

·         University of Essex


The SeNSS Business Boost will be holding training sessions on both general topics and specific themes.

Free, online, business skills training for PhD students

Consultancy, start-ups, spin offs and more – using your research expertise in the business world


The Business Boost Online series offers free business skills training for postgraduate research students (PhD students) delivered live via a virtual classroom.

The series is comprised of online, interactive teaching sessions, which cover the fundamentals of commercialising research output and making an impact on the business world. You are free to sign up for a many of the sessions as you like.

You can view the live sessions from a computer, tablet or smart phone in the convenience of your own home or another location of your choice. The sessions are interactive, via web chat communication with the tutor throughout.


Finance Basics for Business

Thursday 4 April 2019, 18.00 - 19.00 BST

Thursday 2 May 2019, 18.00 - 19.00 BST

Everything You Wanted to Know About Macroeconomics, but Were Afraid to Ask

Monday 8 April 2019, 18.00 - 19.00 BST

Monday 20 May 2019, 18.00 - 19.00 BST

Branding Basics for Business

Monday 25 March 2019, 18.00 - 19.00 GMT

Thursday 16 May 2019, 18.00 - 19.00 BST

Competitive Advantage

Thursday 18 April 2019, 18.00 - 19.00 BST

Thursday 9 May 2019, 18.00 - 19.00 BST

Intellectual Property Basics

Thursday 25 April 2019, 18.00 - 19.00 BST

Monday 29 April 2019, 18.00 - 19.00 BST

How to Work on a Consultancy Basis

Monday 1 April 2019, 18.00 - 19.00 BST


For further information and to sign up for a session(s), go to:




If you have any questions about the series, please contact Andrea Finegan ( or Maddie Copley (


This is part of a programme of training events funded by the Economic and Research Council and free to all PhD students at Universities across the South East Network for Social Sciences.


Forthcoming Events

Business Boost Conference

Demystifying Student Engagement with Business and Industry

Free for PhD students

Wednesday & Thursday 19th & 20th June 2019

9am – 4.30pm (refreshments and lunch included)

At: National Writers Centre, Dragon Hall, 115 – 123 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QE

5pm – 8pm networking event (canapés and refreshments included)

At: Anteros Arts Foundation, 15 Fye Bridge, Norwich, NR3 1LJ

This two day workshop will be packed with talks and breakout sessions delivered by experts in business and research.

There will be opportunities to meet businesses interested in engaging with research at an evening networking event on 19th June.

Book your place online at:

The event is fully-funded by ESRC, so is free of charge to PhD students. Travel & accommodation bursaries are available.

For further information contact Clare:


Nikki Pockett, SeNSS-IAA Business Engagement and Impact Officer:


If you are based at the University of Essex, you can also contact:

·         Dorian Hayes, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Social Sciences:


If you are based at the University of East Anglia, you can also contact:

·         Richard Clarke, Relationship Manager - Healthcare and Social Sciences:


If you are based at the University of Sussex, you can also contact:

·         Shelley Jenkins, Senior Doctoral School Coordinator:

·         Megan McMichael, ESRC IAA Project Manager:



Terms and conditions:Funding and training opportunities are part of the ESRC-funded Business Boost grant for the SeNSS network and includes opportunities for any PhD student working in a social science discipline - or with at least 51% of their research connected to the social sciences - across the 10 SeNSS universities.