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Research Funding Managers


Nina Hakanpaa - Research and Innovation Manager (SAS & *TBS)

Nina offers support and advice to the School of Applied Sciences (SAS), and temporarily to The Business School (TBS) on funding opportunities for Research and Innovation 


Nina joined Edinburgh Napier University in February 2013 from The University of Highlands and Islands, Isle of Lewis campus where she worked as a Research co-ordinator for 6 years. In her time in UHI, her main role was to develop the Lewis campus research agenda in Renewable Energy, Rural Health and Gaelic Arts and Culture. Nina spent 4 years managing and administrating large multi partner EU projects, and was a member of the Northern Periphery UK advisory panel for 7 years. Previously Nina worked for the Western Isles Fisheries Trust as a Fisheries Biologist. Nina is a graduate of Aberdeen University in Zoology Marine and Fisheries Biology and MSc in Rural and Regional Resource Planning.


Nina can help with:

  • supporting the academics in obtaining grants
  • Identifying impactful research opportunities
  • managing the effective exchange of knowledge between academia and potential external partners
  • Identifying research and innovation income generating opportunities and advising academics and related partners.

Contact: n.hakanpaa@napier.ac.uk - ext. 6526


Paula Stevenson - Research and Innovation Manager (SHSC & *SACI)

Paula supports the School of Health and Social Care (SHSC), and temporarily the School of Arts and Creative Industries (SACS), to secure funding for research and commercial activities.


Paula joined Edinburgh Napier University in November 2017 from the University of Edinburgh where she worked as a Research Support Advisor, supporting pre award research activity in both the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the College of Science and Engineering. During her time in the Research Support Office Paula was part of the Global Challenges Research Fund project team whose role was strategic, ensuring correct policies and procedures were in place to align the University with this new funding stream. Paula has also worked as a Development Officer for the University of Edinburgh, attracting philanthropic funding, other beneficial opportunities such as mentoring, enhancing networks and organising alumni events.


A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Paula firstly holds a BSc Honours in Neuroscience and a PhD, which investigated the role of the Serotonin 2C receptor density on behaviours such as locomotion and anxiety.


Contact: ​P.Stevenson@napier.ac.uk - ext. 6009


Carol Johnstone - Research & Innovation Manager (SCEBE)

Carol offers support and advice to the School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment (SCEBE) on funding opportunities for research and innovation.


Carol joined Edinburgh Napier University in October 2017 having previously worked at the University of Stirling for 12 years as a Research Development Manager supporting academic staff across the University to develop research funding proposals. Her main role was to support the co-ordination of large, complex research funding bids and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations amongst academics and user organisations. Her earlier career was spent as a researcher in the field of plant molecular biology in industry (Zeneca – now Syngenta) and then at the University of Glasgow. Carol is a graduate of Strathclyde University with a BSc Honours in Biology.


Contact: C.Johnstone@napier.ac.uk - ext. 5017


Sharon McGettrick - Research & Innovation Manager (SCEBE)

Sharon offers support and advice to the School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment (SCEBE) on funding opportunities for research and innovation.​

Sharon joined Edinburgh Napier University in March 2011 as the Business Development Executive for the Institute for Informatics & Digital Innovation (IIDI). Based at Edinburgh Napier’s Merchiston campus, she was responsible for university-business engagement within IIDI.


After graduating, Sharon began her career as a research scientist for an Oxford University spin out company. Sharon has extensive experience of working in the science sector and joins Edinburgh Napier University from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council where she was a portfolio manager for their ICT programme. Sharon’s educational background includes obtaining an M.Sci in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow, followed by a PhD in Catalysis and Solid State Chemistry from the same university.


Contact: S.McGettrick@napier.ac.uk - ext. 6300

* We are currently in a recruitment phase for a Research and Innovation Manager (TBS & SACI) - further details will be shared soon.