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Five keys to improving research costing and pricing in low- and middle-income countries

by Public Health Update

The Five Keys offer research institutions and funders pointers and guidance on the processes involved in calculating, managing and recovering research costs. It is particularly useful for:

  • Institutional leaders, including chief executive officers and other executives, deputy vice-chancellors for research.
  • Program directors and program officers, including research directors and funder program leaders.
  • Research managers, including grants managers, finance managers/officers, project accountants, project coordinators, learning and development managers/officers.
  • Researchers, including principal investigators, mid-career and emerging researchers.

Five keys to improving research costing and pricing in low- and middle-income countries.

Key 1
Improving relations between funders and research institutions

Narrowing the gaps in understanding between institutions and funders, and promoting relationships based on shared interests.

Key 2
Defining terms and clarifying values
Defining the key concepts and values in research costing and pricing and clarifying those that can cause confusion in grants or contracts.

Key 3
Enabling transparent research costing and pricing
Affirming the importance of transparency, as well as institutional policy and support in enabling research costing and pricing.

Key 4
Optimizing the recovery of indirect costs
Exploring cost categories and securing support for the recovery and distribution of indirect costs from funders and research institutions to support sustainability.

Key 5
Strengthening capacities for grant management
Highlighting the importance of skills and capacity at individual and institutional level and how these can be supported by institutions and funders.

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