I read almost daily the observations and ruminations of others in the genomics and scientific fields, and thought perhaps someone somewhere might be interested in the perspective of a non-scientist imbedded in a scientific environment. I work within a large genome centre in Canada, and over the past 11+ years, we have established a team of project managers and coordinators, working with our PIs and collaborators to manage project and research activities, including facilitating grant applications, planning budgets and schedules, report writing and compilation, and just about anything else required to support successful projects.
While there are many people at other institutions that support researchers in their project and grant endevours, I've found that our team here is unique in both its structure and role within the centre. We are neither strictly research administrators nor grants facilitators, but do fulfill those roles in part when required for our projects. Our primary role is to manage the projects, taking responsibility for communications, cost, schedule and scope management. We don't DO the research - we ENABLE the research.
I feel extremely fortunate to have found myself within a centre that truly values the contributions of project managers to the research activities. I get to work in a dynamic, intense, fun, and rewarding place to be, and I'm proud to be a part of what we do here.
My aim with this blog is to share my experiences and lessons learned, as we continue to manage projects within our research environment. Things like strange encounters with PIs, challenges with funding agency rules, frustrations with submissions, and the day-to-day successes and oddities of this line of work.
Who is Robyn?
My career as a research project manager is rewarding, dynamic, challenging, and fun. I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience in communication, organization, and common sense approaches in research management and leadership, and to enabling others to learn and grow in this exciting career.