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Richard Gunn is Head of Advanced Materials and Peer Review at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Richard advises leading academic researchers, universities and companies. He works in partnership with research organisations, businesses, funders and government to develop and implement collaborative research, innovation and training initiatives. Richard’s role involves developing EPSRC’s research and training portfolio in advanced materials and he is project lead for the formation of the Henry Royce Institute. He is also responsible for developing EPSRC’s peer review policy and overseeing the expert assessment of research proposals according to EPSRC’s principles of peer review. Since joining EPSRC in 2012, Richard has managed research and training portfolios in computer science, materials engineering and quantum technologies. He has particular experience in supporting the development of emerging technologies and international funding programmes. As part of his involvement in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, Richard led on skills, innovation and international engagement initiatives, including establishing a UK-wide network of Training and Skills Hubs in Quantum Systems Engineering.
Prior to joining EPSRC, Richard worked for a leading firm of patent attorneys where he worked with inventors, start-ups, universities, SMEs and multinationals, on a variety of intellectual property issues.Richard has a Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Leeds, and a Masters degree and PhD in chemical biology from Imperial College London.