Keys to Running Successful Research Projects: All the Things they Never Teach You - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128131343

Keys to Running Successful Research Projects: All the Things they Never Teach You

1st Edition

Authors: Katherine Christian
Paperback ISBN: 9780128131343
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 506
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Keys to Running Successful Research Projects: All the Things they Never Teach You provides a step by step guide for the management of a successful research project or program from start to finish and includes illustrative case studies. It will cover all those aspects of management which should be included during the researcher’s training – but are not. This book helps researchers overcome the many challenges they face in their day-to-day management of people, time and resources. Links throughout will provide more detailed information from "gold standard" sources on every topic.

Keys to Running Successful Research Projects: All the Things they Never Teach You is a must-have reference for research managers, and administrators in colleges, universities, hospitals, and research institutes as well as for those working in grant and contract funding groups in the life sciences and medical fields.

Key Features

  • Covers the nuts and bolts of research management in the life sciences, medical, and health fields
  • Provides simple solutions to issues that come up on the job
  • Ensures hard-fought for money is spent wisely and well


Program managers, professional research administrators and support staff in universities and research institutions as well as postdocs, researchers and research groups, and university management as well as those interested in exploring a career in research management or research administration

Table of Contents

Part 1 Getting Started
1.1 Introduction to Using this Book
1.2 Career Planning – Managing Yourself
1.3 Setting the Career Plan
1.4 Project Planning
1.5 Applying for your Grant
1.6 Preparing the Budget for your Project
1.7 Work with your Research Office
1.8 Involving Consumers in your Research
1.9 Enhance your Reputation
Part 2 Building your Team
2.1 Planning and Advertising
2.2 The Recruitment Process – Interviewing and Selecting
2.3 The Recruitment Process – Orienting your Staff
2.4 Involving Volunteers
2.5 Managing Students
Part 3 Collaborations
3.1 Finding the Right Collaborators
3.2 Establishing your Collaborations
3.3 Collaborations over Distance
Part 4 Running the Studies
4.1 Elements of Project Planning
4.2 Detailed Project Planning
4.3 Understanding Agreements
4.4 Developing your Study Methods
4.5 Data Storage and Management
4.6 Understanding Intellectual Property
4.7 Managing your Project Budget
4.8 Project Meetings
4.9 Marketing your Research to your Stakeholders
4.10 More about Marketing - Communication Planning
4.11 Equipment and Consumables
4.12 Study Participant Recruitment
4.13 Designing a Questionnaire and Accompanying Study Materials
4.14 Project Reporting
4.15 Risks and Issues
4.16 Project Advisory Committees
Part 5 People Management: for Yourself and Your Team
5.1 Finding a Mentor
5.2 Looking after Your Team
5.3 Leadership
5.4 More About Managing Conflict
5.5 Mentoring the Next Generation
5.6 Developing Time Management Skills
5.7 Change Management
Part 6 Wrapping up your Project
6.1 Considerations in the Last Months of your Project
6.2 Winding Up your Project Budget
6.3 Important Elements to Tidy Up at the End of Your Project
6.4 Further Project Communication
6.5 Post-Project Evaluation
Part 7 Research Dissemination
7.1 Posters and Presentations
7.2 Step by Step Guide to the Publication Process
7.3 Next Steps - Promoting your Publication - and Planning More
7.4 Documenting your Research Impact
7.5 Facilitating Translation – Helping your Research Move into Practice
7.6 Commercializing your Research Findings
Part 8 Research Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research
8.1 Introduction to Research Ethics
8.2 Ethics Requirements in Human and Animal Research
8.3 Breaches of Ethics and Research Misconduct
8.4 Handling an Adverse Event
8.5 Privacy and Confidentiality in Research
8.6 Other Ethical Considerations
8.7 Conflicts of Interest
Part 9 When Things Go Wrong
9.1 Introduction - Potential Challenges in your Research
9.2 Managing Work and Family Commitments
9.3 Gender Bias in the Workplace
9.4 Retrieving a Project which has Gone Wrong
9.5 Some Traps for the Unwary
Part 10 Keeping an Eye to the Future
10.1 Career Management
10.2 What Comes Next
10.3 Moving on Gracefully
Addendum - Some tips about biobanking

Endorsement from Sir Gustav
End and acknowledgements


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About the Author

Katherine Christian

Kate Christian has worked in health and medical research for over 30 years, mostly for organizations conducting and supporting cancer research. Scientifically trained, she has chosen not to work in a laboratory, but to use her scientific background and a flair for organization to manage research projects and assist scientists with the management of their research. Her objectives have included providing environments and skills which encourage effective, efficient research and to encourage and facilitate communication about that successful research to all stakeholders. The nature of her work has involved Kate with many early-career researchers in a range of disciplines, and she has developed skills in teaching them how to manage themselves, their research and their careers. Now, having built up a body of expertise over many years, Kate is seeking to take this learning further by undertaking a higher degree. This is focusing on the challenges faced by early-career researchers in the sciences, and looking for opportunities to address some of them. This book provides one such tool.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Alumni Program Manager, Cure Cancer Australia and Higher Degree Research Student, Federation University, Victoria, Australia