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Who are the Professionals at the Interface of Science Working at Research Funding, Science Policy Making, and Similar Organisations?

Santos, José M R C A, Varela, Carolina, Kerridge, Simon (2023) Who are the Professionals at the Interface of Science Working at Research Funding, Science Policy Making, and Similar Organisations? Journal of Research Administration, LIV (3). ISSN 2573-7104. E-ISSN 2573-7104. (KAR id:104133)


The scientific endeavour involves not only those working in research performing organisations—but also those in science funding, policy making, and think tank organisations, among others. The workforce in all these entities is composed of researchers, policy decision makers, managers, administrators, technicians, and other supporting staff. Within this community, professionals working at the interface of science (PIoSs) can be defined as those working in the research management and administration (RMA) domain, including varied areas such as science strategy and policy support, research funding procurement, project management, facilities management, communication and dissemination, knowledge and technology transfer, valorisation and impact, and related areas. Researchers have been often studied, namely regarding their job satisfaction, entrepreneurial spirit, and migration patterns. However, the PIoS community has seldom been studied, with only a few reports existing, for example on their profile and roles. Specifically, the PIoS community working at non-research performing organisations has not been explicitly addressed in the literature. This paper reports on the results of an ongoing project aimed at studying the profiles, roles, and functions of PIoSs working at organisations such as research funders, policy makers, and think tanks. The corresponding specificities of these professionals are highlighted and their involvement in professional associations is addressed. It is argued that they are intrinsically part of the wider PIoS (often called RMA) profession and that their full engagement in this community would benefit these individuals and the research and innovation ecosystem at large.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Professionals at the Interface of Science (PIoSs); Research Management and Administration (RMA); research funding agencies; science policy making agencies
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Central Services > Research and Innovation Services
Depositing User: Simon Kerridge
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2023 10:52 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2023 14:14 UTC
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