We want to help you to increase the success of managing your research work and continue to make great choices for your career and ongoing development. Supporting researcher communities in these ways are also important to organisations who fund your research projects as they want you to achieve the best possible outcomes. The funding organisations who have supported the development of this programme believe that enhancing management and leadership skills of research can make a positive impact on individuals and their research.
The Open University is delighted to introduce the International Funders' Award. The Open University has been a world leader in distance learning since 1969. We are the only UK university dedicated to distance learning, which gives us unique insight in how to create learning and support for that learning. We have taken our established teaching model and created learning that is blended to meet the needs of researchers, which means you can use the learning directly in your work, as you are learning it.
The development of the IFA programme has been funded by The Wellcome Trust, a financially and politically independent charitable foundation that is dedicated to improving human health.
The Open University and Wellcome worked in partnership with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Imperial College London, Insitut Pasteur, the Medical Research Council, Researchers 14 (a group of UK universities interested in promoting and developing provision for postdoctoral researchers) and researchers from many institutions to bring this programme of learning in management skills to you.