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DCH 510: Research Management: Fund Raising, Team Working and Scientific Writing






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Course Description and Aims

This course addresses key needs in research management: fund raising, team working and scientific writing. Being able to attract funding from different sources, especially EU and national funds, as well as through applications for grants from private institutions is of fundamental significance for research groups and institutions. Furthermore, issues of collaborative team work in the context of interdisciplinary research organizations, like CyI, are particularly important. In this framework, the course will address aspects of the dynamics of working in a research team as well as issues of project coordination and the management of economic resources. Finally, the course will address the preparation and writing of scientific papers for different publications as well as the dissemination and communication of research results. 

This semester long course will be organized in 2.5-hour weekly meetings which will be devoted to lectures offered by the course tutor and guest lecturers as well as discussion-based seminar meetings with the contribution of experts in the field. Participants will have the opportunity to work in pairs or small groups towards focused assignments on the main themes pursued in the course. The projected timetable of lecture and seminar meeting topics is as follows:

Lecture Topics (each topic’s content will be covered between one and two meetings)

1.    Project design (Perth diagram, Gantt chart, etc.).
2.    Project and proposal writing.
3.    EU fund raising.
4.    National fund raising.
5.    Applying for private grants, IPE issues and negotiating contracts.
6.    Team working.
7.    Student presentations.
8.    Student presentations.

Discussion-based Seminar Topics (meetings will be scheduled during the semester with the participation of guest lecturers and experts)
1.    Writing a PhD dissertation.
2.    On becoming a scientist – planning and coordination of a research group. 

Grade Distribution

60% - final essay; 30% - seminar presentation; 10% - participation in class 

Selected bibliography

  • Jean-Luc Lebrun, Scientific Writing: A Reader and Writer's Guide, World Scientific, 2007.
  • G. Nigel Gilbert, From Postgraduate to Social Scientist: A Guide to Key Skills, SAGE, 2006.
  • Sue Jenkins, Connie J. Price, Leon Straker, The Researching Therapist: A Practical Guide to Planning, Performing, and Communicating Research, Elsevier Health Sciences, 1998.
  • Michael Quinn Patton, Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods, SAGE, 2002.
  • Michael Jay Katz, From Research to Manuscript: A Guide to Scientific Writing, Science & Business, 2006.
  • Day, Robert, and Barbara Gastel. How to write and publish a scientific paper. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Baake, Ken. Metaphor and knowledge: The challenges of writing science. SUNY Press, 2012.
  • Hicks, Diana. "Performance-based university research funding systems." Research Policy 41.2 (2012): 251-261.
  • Perkmann, Markus, et al. "Academic engagement and commercialisation: A review of the literature on university–industry relations." Research Policy 42.2 (2013): 423-442.
  • Gopen, George, and Judith Swan. "The Science of Scientific Writing If the reader is to grasp what the writer means, the writer must understand what the reader needs." American Scientist 78.6 (1990): 550-558.