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.

Getting Funded for the First Time


Applying for funding to conduct scholarly research is a necessary and important part of an academic career. It can be a stressful part of scholarly life, though the gain can be not just in monies, but an opportunity to refine your project, gear your proposal for different audiences and, possibly, the chance to profit from helpful comments and feedback from other scholars. As Director of the International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program (IDRF) at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), as well as an advisor to regional and thematic fellowship programmes, I have read many proposals for funding. I have been part of the review and selection process of thousands of applications, from the first judgement of ‘eligibility’ to the ...

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