Jim Grant

Jim Grant

Jim Grant

Head of Cornwall Business Development – Energy and Marine


Jim Grant is Head of Business Development in Cornwall, a role in which he is responsible for the successful delivery of business-facing European Union funded projects worth over £40 million. As part of his role, he manages the team delivering knowledge exchange activities for the Environment and Sustainability Institute.

Jim also supports the University’s multi-disciplinary approach to the development of research activities in the area of energy. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) and is one of the University’s two representatives on the PRIMaRE management board. In 2009, he coordinated the University’s input into the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) pilot exercise managing impact within the Research Excellence Framework.

He is a member of the Society for Underwater Technology’s Marine Renewable Energy Committee and a member of the South West Marine Energy Forum representing PRIMaRE.


Prior to joining the University of Exeter, Jim spent ten years in the oil and gas sector, working for a research agency as Technology Transfer Manager which generated over £80 million of industry and Higher Education Institution (HEI) collaborative research and development.

He has also set up and run a European university association in marine technology to work alongside major European shipbuilding and shipping interests, designed to exploit European Union research opportunities.  Jim spent seven years working for another higher education institution within the region; in this role he was responsible for knowledge transfer within their marine portfolio.

Jim Grant joined the University of Exeter in December 2008.

Contact details

Email J.A.T.Grant@exeter.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0) 1326 253757  
Building Tremough Innovation Centre

Innovation, Impact and Business
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9TA

Days worked Monday to Friday