acting as an experienced researcher and project manager to formulate a bid for funding for a research project
An important aspect of any activity involved in project management is proper scoping, budgeting and resourcing. As a project manager, you should be able to obtain funds externally to theEngineeringandPhysicsResearchCouncil(EPSRC)whois inchargeofthebudgetanddecisionmaking
Your responsibility will be to write the bid (proposal) for funding, the allocation of resources and budgeting, monitor and control of expenditure and overall management and auditing of the project lifecycle, including full monitoring and mitigation of [login to view URL] dictates that all successful projects are constrained by 36 months completion deadline and an upper limit of £400,000.
1. Project Proposal & Impact statement
Aclearanddetailedresearchgapanalysisinthedomainofinterestandaclearoutlineofthe aims and objectives of the proposal (600words).
A clear impact statement from the work proposed (300 words).
Describe the proposed research in simple terms with indications of the expected outcomes (300 words).
2. Financial justification & Budget
Includeanappropriatecashflowforecastingdiagramfortheproposedexpenditureanddetailsof support sought or received from any other source for this research (if applicable) (200 words excl. tables and diagrams).
All figures and financial breakdown must be reasonable for the maximum allocated budget by the funder in the case of a successful bid. (Tables and Figures as appropriate).
Additional supportive material or text (max 1 page) that validates figures used in your cash flow diagram with appropriate justification and discussion.
[login to view URL] Evaluation using SPSS
You have been provided a data set on the Canvas topic. Please check with the module tutor which data set you should be using if you are unsure.
From the structure of the data provided, identify the most appropriate analytical technique with which a comparison of means can be conducted.
List the assumptions for your chosen analytical technique and perform appropriate tests to ensure these assumptions are satisfied.
Perform the chosen analysis using SPSS.
Write a brief report which should be 1-2 sides of A4, using a sans serif font size 12.
[login to view URL] Planning
A detailed deliverables’ structure, timeline and milestones for your project. This should be a detailed task list for the project with an estimate of resources (physical & human), estimated costs and recognized dependencies for each tasks / sub-tasks. This task list should be a dedicated document in its own right (1500words).
A detailed GANTT diagram to include as a supportive documentation in your project proposal (1-2 pages max landscape). You should produce the chart in such a way, that it can be read as a single document.
5. Risk Assessment
Provide a detailed risk assessment with regards to your project and budget available and possible problems or issues rendering a successful completion as “at risk”.
You should focus on risk identification and assessment with a precise determination of likelihood and impact of threats against your processes and overall project planning.
The minimum expected deliverables from this working package are: A detailed risk evaluation and analysis, impact and likelihood assessment and risk mitigation plans. (1000 words excl. risk matrixandassociated tables and/or figures).