Research Policy & Development

BESTPRAC - The Voice of Research Administrators

COST Action: Building a Network of Administrative Excellence

BESTPRAC is a COST initiative to advance the state of the art in excellent administration of transnational research projects through creating a network of research administrators.

The network aimed to establish connections between administrators of research projects (including legal, administrative, and financial staff in universities and other research institutions) in order to overcome isolation, stimulate mobility, and encourage professional development and progression, strengthening the retention and recruitment of project administrators, and emphasising the need and the importance of a profession that guarantees high quality support to S&T collaborative projects and networks across Europe. The network developed knowledge and resources regarding best practices in transnational research project administration, including a best practice guide, development of a common vocabulary of project administration, establishment of “knowledge hubs” in specific areas, and establishment of “twinning services,” where research support offices collaborated on targeted challenges.

The BESTPRAC Memorandum of Understanding contains further details on the network, such as detailed objectives, programme, organisation and timeplan.

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Section: Research Policy & Development

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Tags: project management, research management

Type: Networks

Program: COST

Project Status: Finished

Start/End: 10/2013 - 10/2017

Project Duration: 49 months


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