The Masters programme fosters a context-oriented approach. The learning comes from your experience at the programme, combined with your application of the tools and concepts in your own Research Infrastructure. Between modules, you will be involved in several distance-learning assignments focused on some issues faced by your organisation.

 

Governance and organisation Developing a sustainable funding model for RIs

 

International law and compliance
• Managing different stakeholders and interests
• Ethical and legal frameworks that influence governance and organisational structures
• Organization structure and design
• The peculiarities of distributed RIs
• Advocacy and ambassadorship
• Modes of funding
• Identifying and negotiating with potential funders
• New funding tools (private-public partnerships, special projects, commercial funding, fee for service, consultancy)
• The evaluation of investment projects
• Compliance with laws and regulations in different settings
• Public procurement
• Contract issues in different settings:
-IP regulations
-Data and material sharing, privacy issues in multiple countries 

 

Financial management – I Financial management – II Raising awareness 
• Cash flows, investments, assets and liabilities, costs and revenues
• Cash and accrual accounting
• The financial statement of RIs
• Balancing the budget
• Thinks to consider/check when working with an accounting firm 
• Risk management and internal control
• Measuring the cost of activities
• Pricing of services
• Tax rules
• Defining and evaluating performance indicators 
• Target communication to different groups
• Identify relevant stakeholders such as: general public (patients, etc.), scientific community, the organisation (employees), policy makers and funding bodies
• Choosing the right communication channel to maximise impact
• Core elements of a successful branding strategy
• Communicating value creation and impact

 

 

Leadership and team building Service provision Infrastructure and resource management 
• Managing people in multi-cultural and networked settings
• Leading towards an ‘ethical organisation’
• Reaching consensus
• Fostering diversity throughout the organisation
• Capacity building for nodes
• Professional conduct
• Operations and process management
•  Running operations in networked settings
• Understanding user needs and customer focus
• User engagement
• Fostering a culture of service provision
• Project management and driving project management skills of staff and researchers
• Research and administrative data management (Storage of data, archiving, privacy, data sharing)
• Compliance with national and international regulations
• Best practices and standards
• Creating a disaster mitigation and recovery plan

 

Strategic management of RIs Business development and innovation in the RI context
• Understanding the RI environment
• Strategic thinking and planning for an RI
• Defining the mission and the vision
• Translating mission and vision into a strategic/development plan
• Understanding emerging trends in technology
• Accountability to stakeholders
• Managing of ethical and social challenges
• Business innovation and development
• How to translate the strategy into an operational and financial plan (setting a business plan)
• Scenario planning and sensitivity analysis