The Global Research Toolkit provides an online platform for educating and informing members of the research community about how to develop, implement, and sustain a successful international research ecosystem. The content of the Toolkit is organized around key themes and strategies for international project success. The goal is to equip research and development administrators with information and access to a forum for strengthening their skill set and contributing to the capacity building of others. The ability to share ideas, innovations, and strategies is especially important. You are cordially invited to contribute to the development of an online toolkit designed to support international research project management. Please check back often, leave content comments and ideas, discuss your related international research management experiences in our forum, and send us case studies, templates, and/or resources that you find useful in your global research capacity. The project is funded in part by the Society for Research Administrators International (SRA-I) Big Ideas Initiative.
The Global Research Toolkit is designed to be a resource for organizations and people engaged in international research endeavors. As the winner of the inaugural Society for Research Administrators International (SRA-I) Big Ideas Initiative in 2016, the project has received funding from SRA-I and the support of stakeholders from institutions of higher education, medical centers, foundations, and advocacy groups from across the world. The project is managed at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, but its content is sourced from those of you who work with international projects (in many types of capacities) and who serve as content experts and contributors.
The Toolkit is an avenue for professionals from around the world to share resources, best practices, and ideas for successfully navigating the international research arena. There is no one size fits all approach to promoting and managing globalized research, but we hope that the Global Research Toolkit provides a community platform for building capacity among those just getting started and for enhancing the abilities of those already well versed in the complexities of international engagement.
Our goal is to create a sustainable and nimble Toolkit that will provide useful and timely resources for a broad community. To this end, we encourage all potential users and stakeholders of the resource to contribute templates, guides, case studies, examples of best practices, worksheets, forms, or other types of materials so that we may populate the Toolkit with resources that empower! Credit for resources will be attributed to contributors and institutions.
Why YOU are Essential to the Toolkit
As research becomes increasingly globalized, and organizations embrace internationalization goals, there is a critical need for robust programming and dedicated training that addresses the unique challenges associated with global research activities – in both collaborative and individual settings. Many resources exist, but there is no common platform for sharing institutional knowledge, strategies, and examples of best practices. Resource limitations, infrastructure constraints, compartmentalized functions and knowledge, and/or cultural and institutional barriers can further complicate the work of a research administrator operating in a global context. Research administration professionals are exceptionally versatile and have many tools in their toolboxes already – but imagine having access to an even larger set of tried and trusted methods and materials that have been vetted and contributed by peers. Join our conversation and help to build a world-class resource!
You can view the results of our initial stakeholder survey here.
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“Contact Us” with your resources and ideas. Our current stakeholder advisory group consists of more than 400 professionals representing over 30 countries.
Participation in the Global Research Toolkit Project by Country