The Voice of Research Administrators - Building a Network of Administrative Excellence - BESTPRAC
BESTPRAC is a new COST initiative aiming to advance the state of the art in excellent administration of transnational research projects by creating a network of research administrators.
BESTPRAC is the third Targeted Network approved by the COST Committee of Senior Officials. It kicked off on 15 October 2013 with its first Management Committee meeting in Brussels.
The main objective of BESTPRAC is to promote a better and more consistent administration of transnational research projects, thereby supporting excellence in research. It will raise the understanding of the importance of excellence administration of research projects.
Specifically, the network will establish connections between research projects administrators (including legal, administrative and financial staff in universities and other research institutions) in order to overcome their isolation, stimulate mobility and encourage professional development. This would help strengthen the retention and recruitment of project administrators and emphasise the need and importance of a profession that guarantees high quality support to S&T collaborative projects and networks across Europe.
The network also strives to develop knowledge and resources for best practices in transnational research project administration, including:
- a best practice guide
- a common vocabulary of project administration
- “knowledge hubs” in specific areas
- “twinning services” where research support offices collaborate on targeted challenges
The BESTPRAC Memorandum of Understanding contains further details on the network, such as detailed objectives, programme, organisation and timeplan.
About Targeted Networks
Targeted (policy-driven) Networks are COST actions aiming at policy objectives - based on the Plan for Strategic Activities approved by the CSO (COST 4111/13). All relevant key documents can be found on the COST Strategy page.
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