Research Management


Professional Certificate (PCert)



Ignite your passion for effective research leadership and strategic project management with our dynamic Professional Certificate (PCert) in Research Management. Designed for aspiring and seasoned researchers alike, this course is your key to mastering the art and science of steering successful research projects. Join us on a transformative journey that transcends traditional boundaries, empowering you to lead impactful research endeavors with finesse, efficiency, and innovation. Dive into the intricacies of strategic research planning, aligning your projects with organizational goals and societal needs. Develop skills to articulate a compelling research vision and mission. Explore state-of-the-art data management techniques and strategize your career path as a Research Manager.


This PCert course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a successful Research or Project Manager. It will help you to gain knowledge in research policy and funding guidelines, and how to manage collaborations and research projects. Through the final research management project, you’ll gain the essential knowledge and skills required to manage the research project and portfolio. This unique 4-week online training programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge you need to succeed in your career as a Research Manager, Funding Manager, or Project Manager.



Start Date: 31 May 2024

Duration: 1 month (4 weeks)

Delivery: Online

Workload: 3-5 hours per week

Fees: £129

Registration: Register here

Contact: Elisa Hampson



  • Develop proficiency in strategic planning for research projects, aligning objectives with organizational goals
  • Articulate a clear research vision and mission, ensuring alignment with broader research strategies

  • Acquire practical skills in budget development and project management for research projects

  • Identify potential risks associated with research projects

  • Develop problem-solving skills applicable to real-world research management scenarios



The online distance-learning delivery of the course will provide opportunities to receive expertise from the Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID) researchers, material from our partners, and guest lectures.


  • Module 1: Understanding research funding and research policy: Navigate the vast landscape of research funding sources, from government agencies to private foundations and industry collaborations. Learn effective strategies for identifying and targeting relevant funding opportunities. Learn about the different policies driving research. These policies may include government initiatives, such as UKRI or EU. Also, learn about the different UK funders and guidelines. Learn how these guidelines may affect research.


  • Module 2: Research project management: Dive into the foundations of strategic project planning, aligning your research objectives with organizational goals and stakeholder expectations. Develop a roadmap for successful project initiation and execution. Master the art of defining clear project scopes and objectives. Navigate potential risks associated with research projects. Explore proactive strategies for risk identification, assessment, and effective mitigation. This module has been designed to understand the different elements of research project management. It includes unit covers: supporting research proposal or project portfolio, management of project resources, managing risks, and budget.


  • Module 3: Managing collaborations and relationships: Dive into proven strategies for fostering successful collaborations, from initial planning to sustained growth. Develop a holistic understanding of collaborative frameworks and their application in diverse contexts. Understand the nuances of professional connections and partnerships. Explore techniques for nurturing relationships over time, fostering trust and mutual respect. Learn to support successful collaboration and partnerships. These may include different types of organisations, such as academics or industry partners. You will gain an understanding of the challenges of working collaboratively.


  • Module 4: Final Project: The final project will provide you with the opportunity to apply your research and budget management knowledge.

Entry Requirements


  • This course starts with a beginner level and progresses towards the mid-levels. Prior management experience is not required.
  • This course is designed for all levels of students (Undergraduate students, Master's degree students, or Ph.D.).
  • All our online courses are taught in English. Therefore, you must have good English language skills.

Certificate of Completion


After completing all the modules of this programme, you will be provided with an e-certificate of completion at Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID).

Design AND Delivery


This online programme is delivered on our virtual learning platform (Moodle). The programme is self-paced and it can be completed on your schedule within programme's duration. The programme includes recorded lectures, templates, learning material, ebooks, and research-based tasks. It is designed by the CamCID Research Team and Guest Lecturers (faculty members from international universities).

May include additional material from our partners.

Fees and Funding


UK and International: £129 (including electronic certificate).