About Us

GrantCraft, a division of WRG Europe, specialise in writing and supporting grant applications and tenders as well as providing administrative and management support services for ongoing projects. GrantCraft work extensively both in the UK and across Europe supporting universities and research institutions, as well as industrial firms, ranging from SMEs to major international companies.

Since the early 1990s GrantCraft have been advising and supporting Universities, companies, and research institutions with their research council, EU, and other grant applications. Since 2002, we have been retained on a 24/7 basis across multiple institutions.

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The Team

Dr. Martin Pickard – Chairman

martin for websiteFollowing an initial academic career as a life scientist in a Russell Group University during the 1970s Martin was invited to establish and lead an international group, supporting global research initiatives and translating research to worldwide markets, before establishing his own research based SME in the mid 1980s. An established and impressive research funding success rate increased requests for help and support from other researchers, SMEs and academia/industry in general, leading to the formation of GrantCraft (now the trading name of WRGEurope Ltd) in the early 1990s. Since then Martin has been highly successful in facilitating, supporting and implementing effective research engagement across the UK research councils and trusts as well as in European, and other, research projects from BRITE-EURAM and ESPRIT initially to H2020 to-date.

Dr. Chris Tuck – Managing Director

chris for websiteHaving completed his Masters in Chemistry Chris was selected to complete a PhD under Sir Martyn Poliakoff at Nottingham University. Having successfully completed his PhD Chris worked in funding and industrial engagement until his selection for a role within GrantCraft. In addition to leading GrantCraft support across a range of UK and European Universities, Chris is also the lead for WRG Europe Ltd’s (GrantCraft’s legal name) involvement in successfully awarded European projects where the company takes an industrial engagement and outreach role.

Dr. Vicky Edkins – Associate Director

VVicky websiteicky completed her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bristol in 2007. She went on to take a leading role in a multi-partner, multi-disciplinary European research project. This enabled her to develop key skills in project management, multi-agency coordination and cooperation, stakeholder and public engagement and supervision. Vicky has more recently worked extensively as a specialist consultant with a wide range of organisations and institutions on both a one-to-one and group basis. This has involved the provision of training on interview and presentation skills and the implementation of behavioural analysis and psychometric assessments during recruitment and development events.

Vicky has a wealth of experience working across disciplines and sectors to obtain funding and conduct research. As a member of the GrantCraft team she provides personalised grant-writing support as well as running workshops and training events to help researchers from all disciplines to obtain funding, ranging from small seed grants to large European Research Council bids.

Lucy Kender – Research Consultant and Outreach Manager

Lucy circle smallSince completing her MA in History Lucy has held roles at NPOs where she has specialised in outreach, public engagement and grant coordination and preparation. She has a wealth of experience in developing strategies to engage with key stakeholders – including social media. Additionally, she has developed and delivered numerous training programmes targeting subjects which include data evaluation techniques, audience development strategies, project management and administration. These roles have provided Lucy with experience in successfully completing a wide range of specialist funding applications.


Mark Langley – Research Consultant & Industrial Business DevelopmentMark round small

At WRG Europe, Mark specialises in UK and EU industrial funding schemes and works with small businesses to support all their R&D project needs, including management, dissemination, and exploitation.

Mark graduated from the University of Exeter in 1995 with a first degree Masters in Mechanical Engineering. This was followed by an MPhil at Cranfield University in Aerodynamics. Mark has worked predominantly in the aerospace sector specialising in propulsion and aero-thermal measurements. Latterly Mark became Chief Engineer for Technology at a major aerospace company. Here he was responsible for looking after a range of technology projects from sponsored PhDs right through to coordinating and managing large projects under Innovate UK and EU funding schemes such as Framework 7 and Clean Sky.

Consequently, Mark has a wealth of experience in preparing, negotiating, and managing both small and complex bids for funding as well as managing the subsequent projects themselves. Mark has developed a wide network of contacts within industry (both large industry and SMEs) as well as close links to many of the major universities and research institutes across the UK and Europe.