RWTH Research Manager Curriculum



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The RWTH Research Manager Certificate Course is aimed at academic staff members of RWTH whose tasks and activities are predominantly and demonstrably focused on research/science management. The continuing education program seeks to enable and professionalize research management in research alliances, large-scale projects, and institute and faculty development.

The Center for Professional Leadership's part-time modular continuing education program will start in May 2023. It consists of 5 modules, each held in 2-day in-person sessions where attendance is mandatory. Participants must also complete a knowledge transfer project alongside training, which involves two additional sessions for discussion and presentations.

Modules and Contents
Module/Title Date Contents

Introduction and fundamentals of research management

May 9 and 10, 2023
  • Presentation of course content and organizational matters
  • Getting to know course participants/expectations
  • Introducing the knowledge transfer task
  • Key players of public and private research
  • Responsibilities and functions of universities using the example of RWTH/the NRW Higher Education Act
  • Funding bodies and their programs
  • Developing research strategies

Aspects of research management and research partnerships

May 31 and June 1, 2023
  • Research data management
  • Equal opportunities and diversity
  • Sustainability
  • Science communication
  • Supporting early-career researchers
  • Searching for and finding suitable research partners
  • Submitting proposals as a consortium
  • Networking
  • Communication and negotiations
Knowledge transfer project part 1 June 20 and 21, 2023
  • Pitches of knowledge transfer projects
  • Group discussion

Research funding and external funding management

August 23 and 24, 2023
  • Successful project proposals, incl. practical examples
  • External funding management
  • External funding contracts
  • General conditions and responsibilities
  • RWTH processes

Technology transfer and entrepreneurship

Septemberr 21 and 22, 2023
  • Learn about intellectual property in a university context
  • Find out how to exploit your scientific discoveries
  • Discover the basics on creating spin-off projects


October 17 and 18, 2023
  • Self-development
  • Presence and assertiveness
Knowledge transfer project part 2 November 28 and 29, 2023
  • Final presentations of knowledge transfer projects
  • Closing discussion
  • Potential get-together