YouthLife Workshop on Improving RMA Skills of Academic and Administrative Staff at TLU


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March 10-11, 2022 a two-day workshop “Improving Research Management and Administration Skills of Academic and Administrative Staff at TLU” will be organized by YouthLife project and carried out by Prof Aart C. Liefbroer, Vanessa Hage and Ben Kuiperbak from the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) via ZOOM. 

The workshop aims to share experience in best practices of institutional arrangements for administrative research support and provide training in project management support tools, in research projects´ scientific and financial monitoring and reporting processes. Central focus of the program is at the following question: An Horizon Europe project has been granted: What can the administration do to turn it into a success? 

Program for the first day (10.03.2022) covers issues related to (a) the division of roles within managing an externally funded research project and (b) preparation for project management and administration, including project documentation and detailed yearly budgeting with tasks and person months. In the afternoon session, the focus is on how to integrate the new project in the administrative and financial systems. Attention will be paid to: (a) embedding the budget in Excel and/or the financial software system, (b) guidelines for eligible costs and managing personnel budget, including time registration. 

During the second day (11.03.2022), the focus is on how to monitor the project throughout its life cycle and prepare for obligatory intermediate and final substantive and financial reporting. The afternoon session will be dedicated to the role of the coordinator in EU projects and its additional responsibilities (both scientific and administrative/financial). In the end of the second day, there are time slots for individual consultations. 

The workshop is financially supported by YouthLife project which has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952083.