The handbook’s purpose is to provide easily accessible information on some questions that researchers will face during their time at Uppsala University. It describes, for example, how you can plan your project, find funding, and manage research grants.

“We want to give researchers an easy-to-understand image of what is important in different phases of a research project. Our goal with the Research Handbook is to make it as easy as possible for them to spend more time on their research”, says Carin Marciszko, research secretary at the Office for Medicine and Pharmacy and project manager.

One year ago, the university’s offices for research support decided that they needed to make a joint effort. They often received questions from researchers who did not find the information they needed about, for example, research funding and collaborations. The solution was the Research Handbook; to gather what the researchers needed in one place and present it in a logical, appealing and easily accessible way. The inspiration comes most recently from Karlstad University, which, in turn, glanced at the University of Utah.

Much of the information could already be found in some form on the Staff Portal, but many researchers had difficulty finding it. Those who did often had a hard time locating what they needed. What was available was written on different occasions and in different ways, which meant that the structure was not always logical.

“The Staff Portal can sometimes be difficult to navigate. With the Research Handbook, we want to make it easier for the university’s researchers to find the right information at the right time”, says Carin Marciszko.

To provide the right help in the right situation, the Research Handbook structures the information based on where you are in your project so that you have the best chance of being awarded a grant.

For example, if you are in the start-up phase and are planning your project, go to “Plan your project”. There you can read about things to consider when starting, how to find partners or other information such as how to handle research data. If you have come further and already have a funder, go to “Develop your proposal”.

You can find Uppsala University’s Research Handbook by going to the Staff Portal and the Research tab.

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