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.

Responding to a Call

RajikaBhandari and JonahKokodyniak

Most research initiatives are launched or sustained – at least partially – with grants secured in response to funders' calls for proposals. In this chapter we will look at research proposals that are designed to advance the agendas of funders, nonprofit organizations (such as universities and research institutes) and researchers themselves, with a focus on the varying priorities of government, foundation and corporate funders and how those priorities are changing in an increasingly global philanthropic climate.

Together, we lead the research and programme development activities of the Institute of International Education (IIE), respectively. Rajika brings to this chapter her expertise as a researcher on global student mobility and an evaluator of educational programmes gained from her work at universities, research ...

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