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The aim of this course is to use tools from the world of the business to plan and develop your research project. These tools will help identify stakeholders, map out the possible impact of a project and identify possible road blocks. These tools can be especially helpful for planning independent research projects such as fellowships.


Got a great idea? Then it will take careful planning of all the details to bring it into reality. Planning the practicalities and routes to an end ‘product’ (publications, further funding, marketable items) are a necessary step. Often this planning process brings opportunities and threats to light. This interactive course will use the popular business model canvas combined with your research project as a starting point to develop your ideas further.

This course will cover:

  • Elements of The Lean Canvas, using an adapted research canvas
  • Research project summaries
  • Business plan basics


By the end of this session participants will have:

  • Explored the elements of the Lean/ Business Model Canvas with their peers
  • Applied the canvas to their research
  • Received peer feedback on their canvas
  • Examined the steps of a formal business plan


PGR and Research Staff 

number of places


course leader

Dr Emma Williams


Information about the next scheduled course, and how to apply for a place, are in our course programme.

rdf skills

C2, B2

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff.