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 the Proposal
Part I reviewed the elements of strong and competitive research proposals in relation to the interests and needs of different types of funders. It provided advice and models that should have encouraged you to think about how to design your project to fit the funding environment you are targeting and the types of arguments about the substantive content of the research that you would need to craft in your proposal narrative. Those chapters provided advice on finding and cultivating the appropriate funder for your research endeavour.
Part II will delve more deeply into key components of your proposal, and its appendices, that will be needed to enhance and complement the research narrative by demonstrating your grasp of matters related to ...