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Case study: Research funding

The opportunity: To strengthen European research bids

In 2013, a small group of Warwick research project managers identified an opportunity to reduce the amount of time spent by staff on getting 'up to speed' when preparing an EU funding bid, by sharing experience gained through previous applications.

The solution: Stop reinventing the wheel and share existing skills and knowledge

The Projects in Progress (PiPs) network was created by five dedicated staff who recognised the opportunity to make the most of existing best practice at Warwick. The network acts as a complementary network to Research Impact Services, and aims to strengthen the links between research project management and the financial and support services provided by RIS.

The group meets regularly throughout the year to discuss and make practical progress on issues concerning those who work on any European research project. Each meeting has a specific focus (such as timesheets, audits, finances, project management) and aims to make concrete progress. As each meeting is organised by a different group of network volunteers, and the agenda is set by the group at the previous meeting, the network is able to ensure variety and progression.

The outcome: A network of staff sharing skills and experience

This concept has grown and developed and is now a vibrant network of 75 staff from across the University who meet regularly throughout the year to discuss and make practical progress on issues concerning those who work on any European research project. Members include project managers, administrators, academics and principle investigators.

Laura Downey York talks about the PiP programme


Next steps...

The PiPs team is hoping to work with colleagues in the Learning and Development Centre (LDC) to develop a series of training courses for academics, to exploit the opportunities available when putting together a grant proposal. They are also keen to collaborate with ITS on developing a database of research project managers at Warwick, highlighting their particular skills and experience, to enable academics to identify suitable in-house project managers for their research bid. If you'd like to find out more about working with the PiPs network, contact the team.