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Improving research management for improving research outcomes Andrea Berti Head of Research and Technology Transfer Office University of Padua 4 th European Innovation Summit Brussels, 10 October, 2012. University of Padua research income. Allocation of internal funds. External funds.

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Improving research management for

improving research outcomes

Andrea Berti

Head of Research and Technology Transfer Office

University of Padua

4th European Innovation Summit

Brussels, 10 October, 2012



Allocation of internal funds
Allocationofinternalfunds

Externalfunds



University of padua research outcomes
University of Padua research outcomes

  • 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong University): ranking of the University of Padua

    • World: 151-200

    • Europe: 51-75

    • Italy: 3-4

  • The 2004 report issued by the National Research Assessment Committee set the University of Padua as the highest ranking among Italian universities for the quality of its research results (next report expected in 2013)

  • Based on the number of citations of articles and publications by its researchers (source: ISI), the University of Padua ranks among the top three Italian universities for total impact index, productivity index and presence index

  • 7FP results so far:

    • 158 funded or approved projects

    • Euro 43,6 m total income

  • Other European programmes (2007-2012):

    • 28 funded projects

    • Euro 3,2 m total income

    • A

Adopted the European Researcher Charter and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers


University of Padua

organization chart

70+ people involved in

research management, notincludingadministrative staff

in 32 departments

General Manager

ScientificCommission

(17 academics)

ResearchObservatory

(7 academics)

  • Delegatesfor:

  • Young researchers

  • Scientificcommunication

  • Rankings

Pro-ChancellorforResearch

Head ofResearch and Technology Transfer

Head of International Relations

Pro-Chancellorfor EU Research

Pro-ChancellorforTechnology Transfer

Technology Transfer

ResearchEvaluation

National Research

International Research

Managers

University Press

DoctorateProgrammes

  • EU StructuralFunds

Academics


The relationship between research management and research outcomes
The relationship between research management and research outcomes

To whatextentdoesmanagementaffect outcomes?

Research management

Research outcomes

What’sthestrategyforresearchmanagementatour university?

Which challengesface research managers?


Actions to improve research outcomes
Actions to improve research outcomes outcomes

Research management involvement

High

Low


University of padua research management strategy
University of Padua outcomesResearch Management Strategy

  • Maintain research as university’s main mission

  • Give research an international outlook

  • Allocate internal funds on past performance and peer review of projects

  • Focus on research evaluation

  • Foster collaboration on interdisciplinary projects

  • Uphold research in all areas, even when outcomes are difficult to evaluate (e.g. humanities, social sciences, law)

  • Create attractive career paths for young researchers

  • Enhance collaboration between research groups and industry, with special focus on SMEs in North-East Italy

Initiatives

Projects

People

Schedule

Funds

Annual

Research

Action

Plan


Key challenges for research management
Key challenges for research management outcomes

  • Raise more funds from external sources

  • Maintain high research quality despite decreasing funds

  • Implement continuous and effective evaluation tools

  • Transfer applied research results to industry

  • Improve dissemination of research results

  • Uphold research in areas in which outcomes are difficult to evaluate

    ...and last but not least:

  • Execute the plan in only 365 days!



An example of good practice
An example of good practice outcomes

Strategic Research Projects

  • 3-year projects entirely funded by University

    • Euro 10 m in 2008

    • Euro 6 m in 2012

    • International evaluation commission and referees

    • Rich grants awarded to a few projects: 10 in 2008

    • 3 Life Sciences

    • 3 Sciences and Engineering

    • 2 ICT

    • 1 History

    • 1 Psychology

    • Monitoring of outputs (intermediate + final)

Manyprojectsweremultidisci-plinary


Contacts
Contacts outcomes

Andrea Berti

Head of Research and

Technology Transfer Office

University of Padua

[email protected]

+39 049 827 3096


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