The SPLASH ERA-Net has four objectives. They are to:
This "Research Management Course (RMC)" is a direct contribution to the second objective of establishing good research management practice.
The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) of Loughborough University and the Department of Veterinary Disease Biology (DVDB) of the University of Copenhagen provided technical inputs to SPLASH for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Danish Water Forum, and are responsible for preparing this course.
During 2007-2008, WEDC and DVDB undertook studies on research management, which indicated that the research funding landscape was changing. Increasingly:
The studies also found that many research managers have had no specific training on how to manage trans-national teams implementing high-value development research. Funding agencies assume that research managers' academic and scientific competence equips them to manage such complex teams effectively. The studies also showed that many researchers are unaware of funding agencies agendas: what drives funding agencies? What do they expect from their clients?
Given this background, SPLASH members accepted that there is a need for a course on the fundamentals of research management that would be freely available for use by interested parties. SPLASH funded the development of the course.
This course is intended as resource material for use by universities and research institutes that wish to run courses on research management for water for development. However, the RMC is generic in its approach and may be applicable to non-water sectors, too. The resource materials provide an entry point for preparing a course on research management. Users of the materials should add to that provided here particularly with a view to contextualizing the course for its audience.
The resource materials provided are contained in eight folders (each downloadable as a zip file) below. They include:
Using the Course
The course materials are provided for universities, and training institutes who wish to run a course on research management. The course material can also be used for self-directed study by individuals interested in research management. There are no restrictions on the use of the material. However, please acknowledge the course authors and the funding from the EU through the SPLASH ERA-Net that paid for course development.