Due to the large number of third-party funded research projects at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) and in line with the relevant legal framework binding rules are necessary for their administrative workflow. These guidelines help to optimally process applications and accounting. They also support project leaders in implementing their research projects. The office of the Vicerectorate for Research, Gender and Diversity serves as research service office. It is instrumental in the whole workflow and provides advice and support to all people involved.