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Title: Research Workshop


1
Research Workshop
  • Research Funding
  • Dave Bustard
  • 12 September 2001

2
Agenda
  • Stepping back from the problem
  • The way forward

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3
Systems Approach
  • A broad, holistic approach to problem-solving,
    taking all relevant factors into account, and
    recognising the inter-dependencies that exist
  • Soft Systems Methodology (Checkland)
  • Organisational Learning (Senge)
  • Systems Thinking

4
Change Model
Target System
Current System
5
Funding Goal?
  • Bring in as much money as possible
  • individually, as an RAE group, and as a Faculty
  • OK?

6
Revised Funding Goal?
  • Undertake research of international standing
  • measured against RAE metrics
  • operating efficiently and effectively,
  • in balance with other activities
  • obtaining and using funding as required
  • OK?

7
Balancing the System
Research
Teaching
Other Professional Activity
Private Life
8
Research Achievement Factors
  • Ability of staff students (personal
    development recruitment)
  • Motivation of staff
  • Time available to do research
  • Efficiency of approach (co-ordination
    monitoring avoiding waste)
  • Effectiveness of approach (being clever!)
  • Reputation (publicity networking)
  • Role of funding?

9
Sources of Funding
  • Externally funded projects/activities/infrastructu
    re
  • Research strategy budget (block grant project
    overheads, etc.)
  • Faculty/School funds
  • Research Office
  • Short courses?

10
Current Position
  • Reasonable income overall, but little from EPSRC
    and other research councils
  • Funding largely driven by a few individuals
  • Very little review of proposals, projects and
    outcomes (quality issue)
  • No overall tracking of applications (largely
    covert activity)
  • OK?

11
Vision
  • Most research funding needed by staff and
    students obtained from external sources
  • All staff, groups and centres developing annual
    plans, identifying funding needs and targets
  • Research applications largely group based
  • Everyone aware of funding opportunities
  • Funds requested and managed to good effect
  • All papers (and other outputs) tied to projects
  • OK?

12
Issues
  • How should RAE income be used?
  • How should research overheads be used?
  • What is (should be) the relationship between
    research centres, RRGs and groups?
  • How should funding be managed (for proposals and
    during projects)?
  • Others?

13
Way Forward
  • Appoint a Research Director (RD)
  • Consolidate research groups and centres
  • Develop clear funding plans for groups and
    centres
  • Develop policies and processes, e.g., all
    research proposals approved by RD all proposals
    reviewed before submission
  • OK?

14
EPSRC Funding
  • Proposal
  • Pursue all possible fast stream proposals with
    senior support
  • Prepare a relatively small number of proposals
    annually, determined at Faculty level (number?)

15
Anything Else?
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