Staff Profile

Dr Elisa Miles

Senior Research Funding Development Mgr



The Research Funding Development Team provides strategic pre-award research funding services. ​Our expertise lies in gathering and interpreting funding intelligence and assisting applicants in using this to best effect in planning funding strategies and preparing strong funding applications. We are guided by the University and Faculty Research Strategies and work very closely with the Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Pro Vice Chancellor Global, and the Deans of Research and Innovation.​

Elisa leads the EU and International Research Funding team and specialises in international research funding development, particularly Official Development Assistance (ODA)-based funding streams. She is co-Director of the University’s Global Challenges Academy, which fosters research and partnerships to help realise the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly where solutions are most urgently needed. She looks after the University’s membership of the RENKEI network (a British Council Japan initiative) and focuses on opportunities particularly involving Africa, North America, South Asia and South East Asia.​

Committees, Groups and Projects

University Global Committee

NU Global Challenges Advisory Group

UNSDG Committee

Policy Engagement Group

NU Academies Group

N8 International Research Development Group

North East International Development Research Network

COP26 Steering Group

Background and Qualifications

Elisa has 15 years of experience in Higher Education in Research Development and International Relations. She joined Newcastle University in 2014 from the University of Southampton, where she was International Networks and Collaborations Manager and Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Development Manager.

PhD History (2005) University of Southampton

MA Jewish History and Culture - Distinction (2001) University of Southampton

BA (Hons) Modern History and Politics with Philosophy - First Class (2000) University of Southampton

Leadership Foundation Aurora Programme for women leaders in higher education (2015)

Newcastle University Policy Academy Fellow (2017).