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Research Administration

A research administrator (research manager in some countries) is defined as someone whose role (or a significant part of it) is devoted to support some part of the research lifecycle, including, but not limited to: identifying funding sources and customers, preparing proposals, costing, pricing and submitting funding proposals, drafting, negotiating and accepting contracts, dealing with project finance, employing staff on research contracts, reporting to funders, advising on research impact, knowledge exchange, technology transfer, supporting short courses, postgraduate research student administration, research strategy and policy, research assessment, ethics and governance, information systems, audit, statutory returns, and research office management. Research administrators mostly work in universities and research institutes but many also work in hospitals, charities, government and funders.

Throughout this website we will use the term Research Administrator to encompass people who undertake any or all of these tasks as a substantive part of their duties.

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