The Handbook of Research Management is a unique tool for the newly promoted research leader. Larger-scale projects are becoming more common throughout the social sciences and humanities, housed in centres, institutes and programmes. Talented researchers find themselves faced with new challenges to act as managers and leaders rather than as individual scholars. They are responsible for the careers and professional development of others, and for managing interactions with university administrations and external stakeholders. Although many scientific and technological disciplines have long been organized in this way, few resources have been created to help new leaders understand their roles and responsibilities and to reflect on their practice.

This Handbook has been created by the combined experience of a leading social scientist and a chief executive of a major international research development institution and funder. The editors have recruited a truly global team of contributors to write about the challenges they have encountered in the course of their careers, and to provoke readers to think about how they might respond within their own contexts.

This book will be a standard work of reference for new research leaders, in any discipline or country, looking for help and inspiration. The editorial commentaries extend its potential use in support of training events or workshops where groups of new leaders can come together and explore the issues that are confronting them.

Preparing for a Research Career

David A.Stone and J. RobertGutierrez


Research is central to academic careers. Part of being a successful academic 1 is being a successful researcher. Being a successful researcher means, among other things, acquiring the ability to secure funding to support research. In an ever more competitive funding environment this has become increasingly difficult. As a result investigators, and the institutions they serve, are looking for every possible advantage in that competition. For many, this means focusing intently on the art, the practice, of proposal writing. Writing well-crafted grant proposals in response to funding agency calls or foundation requests for submissions is clearly an important element in becoming a successful investigator. However, as this chapter will make clear, grant writing is the end ...

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