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M6.  Effective research grant execution


Research grants and contracts are legally binding agreements between the provider and the researcher. This module explores the nature of research grants and contracts. It examines the principles of effective grant management and explores the responsibilities of the researcher with respect to the execution and reporting of project outcomes. It is essential for any researcher with responsibility for a grant execution.


This module aims to:

  • inform you about your obligations and responsibilities as the first-named CI/PI of a research grant or research contract;
  • provide practical advice on how to manage research grants and contracts;
  • give you an overview of the legalities and structure of research contracts;
  • help you to think strategically about how to schedule tasks and outcomes for your new project while accommodating all the other activities in which you are involved.

Learning outcomes:

After completing this module you should be able to:

  • review a funding agreement or draft research contract and identify key issues that relate to the administration of your project;
  • make strategic decisions about how to optimise your research outcomes within the constraints of time and funding limits;
  • identify personnel issues that have the potential to impact on the progress of your project;
  • design a plan for the management of your project that includes the preparation of a schedule of timelines, tasks and outcomes for everyone involved in the project;
  • identify administrative sections in your institution that can assist in the administration of your research.


  • Researchers at all levels, including PhD students and research management staff

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Updated:  21 March 2011/Responsible Officer:  Head, Research Student Development Centre /Page Contact:  FRLP Web Manager