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.

Developing a Project and Choosing a Funder



Historically, applying for research funds was considered a relatively stress-free activity. A research proposal would be based largely on academic arguments and typically consisted of the following elements: a statement of the problem (including a literature review), justification for the research, general and specific objectives, the methodology to be used, the research timeline and the budget.

In the current funding environment, a research proposal for major funding will now typically also need to include information that demonstrates the applicant's knowledge of project management and capacity to manage a significant project over a long period of time. At the same time, whether employed in a research institution or in an advocacy organization, a Principal Investigator (PI) will need to show ...

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