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Experiences in administering research and challenges for the next 10 years


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Administering research,identifying and exploring sources of funding for research as well as proper management of the funds.Issues such as the procedures for recruitment of staff for research as well as managing communications are highlighted

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Experiences in administering research and challenges for the next 10 years

  1. 1. Experiences in Administering Research and Challenges for the next 10 years
  2. 2. Research Administration provides support for research by: <ul><li>identifying sources of funding for research </li></ul><ul><li>disseminating funding information </li></ul><ul><li>advising on the costing and pricing of proposals </li></ul><ul><li>financial administration of existing research projects </li></ul><ul><li>putting in place the procedures for recruitment of staff on the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Managing internal communication as well as external communication </li></ul>
  3. 3. EXPLORE FUNDING SOURCES <ul><li>Explore non traditional funding sources - Foundations, Trusts </li></ul><ul><li>Tap opportunities in the Private sector </li></ul><ul><li>Target groups of donors rather than individual donors </li></ul><ul><li>Identify champions within donor agencies and ‘Think tanks’ </li></ul><ul><li>Always maintain a healthy pipeline </li></ul>
  4. 4. MANAGE EXISTING FUNDS OPTIMALLY <ul><li>Savings on core grants can be redirected to basic research </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare Project proposals to include all staff costs where possible </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a corpus fund from Project funds </li></ul><ul><li>Closely monitor non-essential spending </li></ul><ul><li>Outsource to improve effectiveness and cut costs </li></ul>
  5. 5. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT <ul><li>Ensure clear Guidelines on Costing and pricing of proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Regular monitoring – in-year and year end </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure Compliance with Donor requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Timely closeout of expired research projects. </li></ul>
  6. 6. RECRUITMENT OF PROJECT STAFF <ul><li>Look at innovative staffing structures for projects </li></ul><ul><li>Use secondments/ internship from Donors and Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt shared job appointments </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit a diverse workforce: identify barriers, and actively encourage through Outreach programmes </li></ul>
  7. 7. RETENTION <ul><li>The first few months are crucial ! </li></ul><ul><li>Effective induction – structured orientation, welcome notes, video </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a buddy system </li></ul><ul><li>Have an Ongoing Orientation Program </li></ul><ul><li>State clearly the quality of life expected… and deliver to the standard </li></ul>
  8. 8. REWARD AND MOTIVATE STAFF <ul><li>Pay :salary supplements, bonuses </li></ul><ul><li>provide high quality research infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>State terms, conditions and expectations clearly </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Security of tenure e.g.. bridge funds </li></ul><ul><li>create opportunities for personal growth and advancement </li></ul>
  9. 9. CHALLENGES- EXTERNAL <ul><li>Limited core grant funding </li></ul><ul><li>More funding for applied Research than for Basic Research </li></ul><ul><li>Changing Donor priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Communication with policy makers, donors, partners and general public </li></ul>
  10. 10. CHALLENGES- INTERNAL <ul><li>Recruit and retain competent researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership, management of staff (management skills for Scientists and P.I.s ) </li></ul><ul><li>Communication for interdisciplinary research </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire Needed Research Space </li></ul><ul><li>Keep abreast of new technology and new Industry standards </li></ul>