Task 1 A 2- Identifying funding opportunities (finding)

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Subtask 1 - General (based on what is available in a programme following a specific question)

Subtask 2 - Taylor made

Subtask 3 - Strategic

Related skills and competences

Description of the Task

  • Gathering non-Public Information
  • Networking with government
  • Networking with Legal Entity department
  • Networking with NCP
  • Joining specific networks
  • Participate in EC events


Key Skills required to be able to effectively complete the task

  • Accuracy - attention to detail
  • Administrative - scheduling appointments, minuting meetings, supporting relevant committees, writing reports, taking minutes
  • Analytical - funders' guidelines, interpret complex information, to understand funding policy, understanding and applying UK/EU policy and employment law, and specific grant conditions, understanding the impact of the contract on the institution
  • Assertiveness - dealing with difficult people
  • Communication - conveying information clearly, presentation, drafting consultation responses, drafting policy, contributing to consultations, external and internal report writing, keeping clear records, briefing colleagues, presenting at internal/external meetings, contributing to national consultations, producing reference material, producing reports, promoting initiatives, contributing to consultations etc. report writing, conveying information clearly, presentation requesting information from colleagues, partners etc. to share vision, promoting the service verbal and written written and spoken written reports and verbal briefings contributing to networks and promoting KE/KT document and describe systems, roles & responsibilities , problems and changing requirements to institutional staff and external parties use of language in different contexts, reporting and presentation skills etc.Communication with funders, researchers and partners
  • Creativity - developing new initiatives developing policy finding solutions
  • Horizon scanning - identify the relevance and impact of potential solutions and good practice from internal and external sources identifying external changes early on monitoring changes in the external environment monitoring changes in the external environment and evaluating their
  • Influencing - ability to influence institutional staff and processes to ensure project finance requirements are met contributing to national developments, ensuring adequate resources are provided contributing to national policy developments in relation to institutional policies persuasive writing and presentation
  • Information management - keeping 'up to date'
  • Information management - maintaining partner contacts
  • Information Management - maintaining records
  • Information Management - storing data
  • Information Search - identifying funding opportunities
  • Information search - identifying funding opportunities, potential partners
  • Information Search - identifying funding trends
  • Information search - keeping 'up to date'
  • Interpersonal - be a 'champion', contribute to the national agenda
  • Interpersonal - building relationships
  • Interpersonal - building relationships, building culture
  • Interpersonal - building relationships, listening to colleagues
  • Interpersonal - gathering and collating information, advising researchers
  • Interpersonal - identifying relevant information, providing constructive feedback
  • Interpersonal - internal, stakeholder & external
  • Interpersonal - liaising with academic and administrative staff
  • Interpersonal - liaising with panel members, promoting good practice
  • Interpersonal - liaising with staff to meet deadlines, building relationships
  • Interpersonal - liaising with UK and international agencies over researchers' needs
  • Interpersonal - liaison with key staff
  • Interpersonal - liaison with key staff, briefing colleagues, point of contact
  • Interpersonal - liaison with key staff, understand the needs of others
  • Interpersonal - liaison with lead researcher/stakeholder, advising colleagues
  • Interpersonal - listening and explaining
  • Interpersonal - listening and explaining, relationship building
  • Interpersonal - listening and questioning
  • Interpersonal - listening to needs, building relationships
  • Interpersonal - listening to suggestions and feedback
  • Interpersonal - listening to views and adapting responses
  • Interpersonal - listening to views of colleagues
  • Interpersonal - listening/asking questions
  • Interpersonal - managing relationships with colleagues
  • Interpersonal - relationship building
  • Interpersonal - requesting information
  • Interpersonal - seeking and verifying information, managing relationships.
  • Interpersonal - understanding/responding to other viewpoint
  • Interpersonal - working with colleagues
  • Interpersonal listening, building relationships, giving constructive feedback
  • Interpersonal- building relationships
  • IT - capturing and recording data
  • IT - Powerpoint, Outlook, Excel
  • Negotiation - acting on behalf of the institution
  • Networking - benchmarking against other institutions
  • Networking - benchmarking and sharing good practice
  • Networking - benchmarking with the sector
  • Networking - benchmarking, sharing of expertise
  • Networking - building relationships
  • Networking - building relationships/liaising with
  • Networking - building, maintaining and utilising professional contacts
  • Networking - internal and external
  • Networking - internally/externally with RMAs/other key stakeholders
  • Networking - representing the institution on regional groups
  • Networking - sharing good practice
  • Networking - to develop/maintain good relationships with funder/partners
  • Networking - to identify and share best practice
  • Networking - to identify good practice and opportunities for cross-disciplinary/ cross- institutional working
  • Networking - to identify potential partners and share good practice
  • Networking - with funders
  • Networking -internally/externally with other key leaders
  • Networking- sharing ideas and good practice
  • Problem Solving
  • Problem Solving - ability to identify problems and recommend solutions
  • Problem Solving - dealing with inconsistencies
  • Problem Solving - identifying and addressing issues
  • Self Management -time management planning skills


Key Competencies required to be able to effectively complete the task

Competence Detailed description
Regional research landscape Monitor and provide information to researchers and management/leadership level of regional (incl. national) research act, strategies and regulations
International research landscape Monitor and provide information to researchers and management/leadership level of international (EU) research act, strategies and regulations

Related content from BESTPRAC

Listed below are best practices (presentations, FAQs, etc.) shared during the BESTPRAC meetings, as well as external resources relevant for this task.
A given resource can be relevant for more than one task. For a list containing all documents (without task links) see here.

Financial Matters

Legal Aspects


Project Management