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1 School of Property Construction & Project Management Managing the Research Proposal Dr Nick Blismas School of Property Construction & Project Management Ext

2 School of Property Construction & Project Management Outline Mapping the requirements Assembling the academic team Engaging & managing the Collaborating Organisations Planning the Budget

3 School of Property Construction & Project Management Mapping the Requirements Different approaches to ‘creating’ the submission –Actively search for funding, CO’s & ideas –Short/med/long-term goals View as a project –Break-up the project –Establish Activities and Milestones –Establish Stakeholders –Map-out to help visualise

4 School of Property Construction & Project Management Establish Activities & Milestones Signatures –HoS (All) –CO's –Supporting Orgs –R&I – PVC (All) –CRC Director or Other Proposal –CV's –Project proposal –Budget –Letters & signatures Submission procedure & dates –Portfolio/Dean (ARC) –EOI (ARC) –Internal (All) –External

5 School of Property Construction & Project Management Establish Stakeholders Funding Body* –Funding rules & requirements –Ask R&I R&I Office –Support, but have requirements Portfolio (Dean) –May need to read EOI –Notification of intent Head of School –Support proposal and your time –Resources Research Committee –School committee may have an influence Ethics Committee –Not usually at proposal stage, but if risky - suggest you discuss issues of concern Academic Partners –Other partners - input to proposal and the research CO's* –Critical aspect for most proposals –More later CRC's or Other bodies* –Letter from CRC director Other Stakeholders with an interest* –Unions –Supporting organisations Determine risk, access and response levels

6 School of Property Construction & Project Management Visualise the project

7 School of Property Construction & Project Management Assembling the Academic Team Who Variety of skills –Complimentary –Explicit People you like to work with! –Main driver –External influences Non-contributors –Track-record ‘padding’ Number One –Onerous More than 4 –Cumbersome –What is the level of input? –Depends on project type

8 School of Property Construction & Project Management Academic Team Roles Ideas people –Although all should contribute something Management –Team Coordinate meetings Coordinate read & comment –Submission process Coordinate workloads & deliverables –Who, when, what, how etc. Document management – one person (usually 1 st CI) –Stakeholder Assigned to team members –Contacts and skills

9 School of Property Construction & Project Management Managing the CO’s Who Interested CO's –Engage early –Industry workshops/ conferences –Need to keep going post-award Establish long-term partnerships… –Goal = repeat work Roles/contribution Type of contribution –Cash –In-kind Time in interviewing/workshops On-site experimentation More interventionist designs - more reluctant

10 School of Property Construction & Project Management Managing the CO’s Small number (1-3) Easier to manage/ coordinate Fewer to please Higher level of engagement –But depends on individual CO’s and the contact person! ARC ideally 2-3… Large number (>4) Difficult to manage Reality is only few will really engage Lever the ones who are engaged for other contacts –Get them to get others involved –Use their enthusiasm & leverage

11 School of Property Construction & Project Management Managing the CO’s Contact/Gatekeeper –Usually person you first engage –Can block access to others in the organisation –Internal politics Establish Power ASAP ($ power) –Get to ASAP Sell concept Get buy-in/commitment Try establish direct line of communication Getting the signatures! –Make process simple/explicit ASAP –Delay signatures until figures fixed –Establish whereabouts for the 2 weeks before submission

12 School of Property Construction & Project Management Planning the Budget Excel spreadsheet to manipulate figures Precise with figures/estimates Provide as much detail as possible

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