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The PMO is able to offer its management expertise to a wide range of different activities.

PMO is able to offer its management expertise through the whole lifecycle of projects that are financially supported by different funding bodies, such as research foundations, independent research organisations and government agencies. These wide-ranging activities include:

  • Ensuring the project meets its key deliverables and stays on budget.
  • Disseminating the results of the project in a highly impactful manner befitting the project’s scope. This can include activities such as holding events (such as conferences and workshops) or publishing articles to showcase the project’s impact.
  • Creating and maintaining a project’s website and document management system.
  • Assisting in the final stages of closing down the project when it has reached its completion.
  • Providing financial management and administration services from invoicing through to payment processing as well as reconciling programme and project finances.Providing contractual services and support to PMO programmes and projects

Case studies


FSAFSA is a 3 year programme of experimental research with 2 partners, funded by the Food Standards Agency under the Organic Environmental Contaminants Research Programme. It aims to investigate the transfer of organic contaminants to milk due to cows ingesting waste materials used as bedding or as soil conditioner on pasture. The programme also examines the uptake of organic contaminants by carrots and cereals grown in soil amended with waste-derived soil conditioners.

 A variety of waste materials are recycled in agriculture with the benefit of reducing pressure on virgin resources. Recycled waste materials, such as untreated waste wood shavings or paper sludge from paper recycling mills, can be effectively used as animal bedding in livestock production.

 The Role of PMO is to provide the overall programme management throughout the duration of the research, ensuring effective partner communication, and timely implementation of deliverables. We also lead and facilitate dissemination activities including organising project events and managing the programme’s online presence and website:


The PMO provides a wide range of support to the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC). Imperial College London Diabetes Centre is a one-stop, state-of-the-art, out-patient facility that specialises in diabetes treatment, research, training  and public health awareness, with two centres - one each in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. ICLDC has reached more than 800,000 patient visits since its launch in late 2006, with another 175,000-plus engaged by the nationwide public health outreach. Learn more.

Keep up to date with the ICLDC on Twitter.

Medical Testing

Hammersmith The PMO also supports teams at Hammersmith Hospital, specifically teams within the Department for Investigative Medicine that carry out gut hormone assays and toxicology testing. We do this by processing financial transactions (invoicing and payment processing) and other supporting financial administration activities. We provide a responsive service provided to different academic teams, providing an efficient mechanism to support medical testing undertaken.

Qatar Biobank

Qatar Biobank was a seven-year project funded by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) and Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health to Imperial. The Biobank collected a wealth of medical data from up to 100,000 volunteers and stored samples of their blood and urine in a high-tech storage facility. This has allowed scientists to look at diseases already present in the population, and will also allow them to follow up with the participants to see who develops disease in the future. Researchers compared data, including genetic information and data on environmental exposures and lifestyles, from participants who develop illnesses with data from those who remained healthy. By doing so, they were able to identify early markers that indicate when someone is likely to develop a particular disease- as a result people will be able to receive early treatment or take measures to prevent a disease developing.

This project was led by Prof Elio Riboli and Prof Paul Elliott from The School of Public Health. The scientists have provided scientific direction to the project, including protocol development, specification and development of standard operating procedures for the Biobank. The Imperial team has also provided guidance on buildings, equipment, and ICT infrastructure, as well as overseeing the establishment of the facilities of this Biobank.

PMO’s role within Qatar Biobank has focused on providing effective contracts management, logistics, travel and financial management to the project, ensuring effective and timely procurement of services and implementation of deliverables.


RTSCThe Railway and Transport Strategy Centre (RTSC) at the Centre for Transport Studies within Imperial College is a globally recognised applied research and consultancy group. The RTSC was established in 1992 as a centre of excellence serving the railway industry on strategic, economic and technology issues and has since broadened its international group of research partners and strengthened its position as strategic advisors to public transport organisations around the globe. The RTSC at Imperial College is well known within the transport industry for its research in the field of public transport operations & management, transport economics and policy, and its expertise in relation to the initiation, facilitation and management of multi-year international benchmarking projects.

The PMO provides commercial and financial support to the RTSC- PMO commercial services include submission of invoices to commercial clients, processing payments to College and contractual negotiations with client organisations.


UNIHEAT was a succesful international partnership between leading research institutions and industry which aimed to reduce the amount of energy lost during the crude oil refining process by 15%.

 The project was divided into two programmes: a research and an industry engagement programme.uniheat

The research programme developed breakthrough technologies in energy efficiency. The programme was the largest of its kind worldwide, integrating cutting edge research conducted by a diverse pool of international experts, from molecular simulation to plant level optimisation, from theory to experiments, from design to operations.

The industry engagement programme ensured relevance and transferability to industry. Industrial partners provided invaluable industrial insight and continue to benefit from the tailored integration of novel, energy efficient technologies into their operations cycles.

Visit the website here.


UNIHEAT closing event at Imperial College, 26th October 2015

UNIHEAT shortlisted for the Research Project of the Year Award by IChemE Global Awards 2015

“Innovation: better together”, a UNIHEAT four-page article in IChemE’s November issue