In an increasingly competitive funding landscape dedicated support for research staff is fundamental to maximise successful outcomes. In 2013 the Babraham Institute recruited two experienced Grants Managers to establish and run a Research Office, providing expert advice and project management throughout proposal development with the aim of increasing the number of applications submitted, improving success rates and generating additional research income. These positions have since evolved to encompass research strategy, policy development and operations management. As an independent Research Organisation with no existing procedures we were flexible in the approach taken, enabling an iterative process to identify best practice. A 40-minute presentation describing Babraham’s experience will explore how we developed and established new procedures, identifying areas of success and lessons learned. This will be followed by an open forum where colleagues can share experiences, expertise and good practice in similar areas. Session content covers multiple themes from the ARMA PDF, including Service Organisation and Delivery, Policy and Government, Information Management and Developing Proposals. It will offer participants the opportunity to exchange knowledge with peers and thus contribute to their host research support strategy, benefiting both new and established post-holders and providing guidance for those reviewing their current research support functions.
Key Learning Points:
- develop insights into how new research support services are established
- appreciate how single research support offices can offer a broad range of services including developing proposals, strategy & policy development and operations management.
- share expertise and best practice between organisations
|Danielle Hoyle||Babraham Institute|
|Theme:||Service Organisation and Delivery|
|Level:||Operational / Administration|
|Date:||7th Jun 2017|
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