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Three Types

COST BESTPRAC members identified three types of research support staff:

RSS Framework

Type 1: Research Administrator
A type 1 support officer has a core task of enforcing compliance. Therefore, the type 1 officer will focus on guarding the internal processes and the requirements of the funder to create an environment where no money, credibility or time is lost. Type 1 support officers will also focus on answering rule related questions and linking researchers and others to sources of information. More detail can be found in the list of tasks which is the core of the framework. This officer is called a research administrator in the framework. In second order, the research administrator can be called a financial administrator when that person’s tasks are geared towards financial rules, budgeting, financial control and financial reporting. Further distinctions can be made by adding pre and post award or pre and post signature

Type 2: Funding Advisor / Liaison Manager
A type 2 support officer has a core task of improving of the overall participation. Therefore, the type 2 officer will focus on task which lead to more and better proposals and project which are executed and reported in a better way. More detail can be found in the list of tasks which is the core of the framework. This officer is called a Funding Advisor or a Liaison Officer. In second order, Financial can be added to the title when that person’s tasks are geared towards financial rules, budgeting, financial control and financial reporting. Further distinctions can be made by adding pre and post award or pre and post signature.

Type 3: Project Manager
A type 3 support officer is a support officer whose core task is taking on the day-to-day work of project management and proposal preparation. Therefore, the type 3 officer is focused on taking away as much work as possible from the academic staff. More detail can be found in the list of tasks which is the core of the framework. In second order, this person’s title could be a Project Writer when that persons tasks are mainly focused on the writing of proposals. The person will however still be within the main category of Project Manager. Further distinctions can be made by adding pre and post award or pre and post signature.

Four Stages

Research support is built alongside the research life-cycle process, containing the following important stages:

Before the proposal - see the tasks COST BESTPRAC members identified for this stage here

Proposal - see the tasks COST BESTPRAC members identified for this stage here

Grant preparation - see the tasks COST BESTPRAC members identified for this stage here

Project - see the tasks COST BESTPRAC members identified for this stage here

Insights on the scope

If you are looking for insights on the scope of the Tasks of RSS or how Training to built and maintain the specific skills sets looks like, you can either follow the links in this sentence or browse by Categories (below).

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