Benchmarking the management of research contracts in 2018

The public report forms a comprehensive overview of contemporary research contract management in universities.  The report provides useful comparator information for Directors of Research and Heads of Research Contracts.  The infographic provides an overview of the key findings and context for the project. 

During the three-year study period, the 30 participating universities reported employing 220 research contracts staff who delivered 50,000 agreements.  The study explored broad range of areas in research contract management: staffing levels and experience, research income and contract volumes, remits, training, complexity, structures, systems and sign off protocols. 

19 UK universities and 11 Australian universities participated, and their research incomes ranged from under £1m to over £250m.  They completed a common assessment framework in early 2018 and we’ve been analysing this over the past months. 

In a previous post by Dan King, Research Consulting reported on some of the emerging issues discussed in workshops in June with the UK participants. 

Benchmarking industry engagement:  Based on initial interest from a number of universities, Research Consulting are developing plans for a similar approach to industry engagement in 2019.  If you are interested in this and want to know more as plans are developed, do make contact.