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    Managing Externally Funded Projects


    This is a one-day overview of how to deal with the unique issues posed by managing and coordinating externally funded projects. Such projects are usually collaborative research projects involving many organisations from different nations. Funding is usually provided by some governmental type organisation such as the European Commission.

    Those contributing to and leading these ventures are normally technical experts such as academics or research institutions. This often leads to projects with an extremely high level of expertise, producing excellent research, but these projects run into difficulties caused by reporting requirements of the funding body and the interaction between largely autonomous work streams.

    This course aims to introduce skills that can help manage these issues whilst allowing the project to carry on with minimal disruption.

    Who should attend?

    Anyone considering taking a lead, or participating, in an externally-funded research based project.


    The course has the following structure:

    • What is a project?
    • What is unique about external funded projects?
    • Considerations in the bid process
    • Understanding stakeholders
    • The four dimensions of a project
    • Planning the project
    • Deliverables
    • Milestones
    • Controlling the project to timescales, budget, scope and quality
    • Communication with the funding body
    • Dealing with the partners
    • How close to manage?
    • Risk management
    • Financial aspects
    • Closing a project
    • Getting help

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