In recent years, research has seen a shift toward greater collaboration across institutions, agencies, and disciplines. In addition, many universities are pursuing larger, more complex grants. As a result, the need for and benefits of incorporating project managers in research proposals and projects has become more apparent. In early 2019, Simon Fraser University created a centralized team of Research Project Managers to assist with the development and management of large-scale, complex, and/or high-risk projects. At this presentation, SFU project managers will discuss what SFUâ€™s centralized research project management model looks like, some of the first yearâ€™s successes and challenges, and resources utilized to increase effectiveness. Whether you are part of an existing team of project managers, looking to build such a team, or seeking ideas to support researchers as they take on more complex projects, this presentation will provide best practices, lessons learned, and helpful tools.