Keys to Running Successful Research Projects

Keys to Running Successful Research Projects

All the Things They Never Teach You

1st Edition - April 23, 2018

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  • Author: Katherine Christian
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128131343
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128131350

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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. Through the use of illustrative case studies, the book covers all aspects of management that should be included during researcher training, helping researchers overcome the many challenges they face in their day-to-day management of people, time and resources. Links throughout provide more detailed information from gold standard sources on every topic. It is a must-have reference for postdocs, research managers and administrators in colleges, universities, hospitals and research institutes. In addition, it is an ideal resource 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 that 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 Nossal
    End and acknowledgements

Product details

  • No. of pages: 498
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: April 23, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128131343
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128131350

About the Author

Katherine Christian

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 PhD. 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 Program Manager, Cure Cancer Australia Expertise: Research Management, Project Management, Mentorship, Not For Profit Management and Administration, Research Communication

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  • BRINGME W. Tue May 08 2018

    Timely and valuable resource

    Fills in an important gap in the literature. Well written by someone with a lot of experience. The lay-out, editing and print however feel a bit unprofessional and at times cheap (oa. the extensive use of images/illustrations from repositories that are not always contributing to the message).