Research Support Officers

Rationale

Research by its very nature is a collaborative activity, where the potential added value of a close-knit network such as the Coimbra Group is immense. The considerable complexity of research programmes and funding today, and in particular of the European Union’s “Horizon 2020” programme further highlights the need for greater and enhanced cooperation in research. Universities’ research support offices constitute permanent structures at universities with the necessary knowledge, expertise and experience to optimize network cooperation in enhancing local expertise through the sharing of best practice, in pursuit of deeper cooperation in actual projects, and in informing policy debate.

Expected Outcomes

- Shared best practice and experience regarding the organization of research management and support structures;

- Shared best practice and experience regarding specific challenges to universities in research funding applications (e.g. the justification of impact);

- Exchange of research support staff to facilitate exchange of best practice and promote mutual knowledge and trust;

- Exchange of information to facilitate partner searches for projects and promote collaborative research projects;

- Exchange of information to facilitate contact with industry partners and collaboration among spin-offs;

- Joint Coimbra Group visibility events;

- Increased contact with similar networks for joint advocacy purposes;

- Effective support to the EB in view of possible contributions of the Coimbra Group to European policy making regarding research policy.

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