International Funders' Award

Enhancing management and leadership skills for research professionals

The Open University is delighted to introduce the International Funders' Award (IFA). This award is designed for anyone working in research to help develop the skills necessary to manage their own time, a team, projects and budgets more effectively and in line with funders' expectations. This programme will help you increase the success of managing your research work and continue to make great choices for your career and ongoing development.

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 funding organisations who have supported the development of this programme believe that enhancing management and leadership skills in research communities will positively impact individuals and their research.

Benefits of the programme for both the funder and organisations are:

  • Skilled staff who will help complete projects on time and on budget
  • Research units become self-sustaining in the long term
  • Improved operational efficiency and productivity on projects

Completing the programme provides evidence to funders that research professionals have sought to ensure they have the necessary leadership and management skills worthy of their award. 

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 Trust 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. 

The programme

The programme covers 11 short courses including Budgeting, Communication and Presentation Skills, Cultural Awareness, Resilience and Mentoring. 

 

 

Free learning and resources

Within the programme, there is a selection of free learning resources to help you get the most from this programme.

 

 

Pricing

The learning modules are priced individually so you only pay for the learning you need, when you need it. There is no time pressure for you to complete each module.

 


Managing others?

Get in touch if you would like to discuss how you could use this as part of your internal programme for development of researchers in your organisation.

 

 

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