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International Network of Research Management Societies

INORMS was formed in 2001 to bring together research management societies and associations from across the globe. Its purpose is to enable interactions, sharing of good practice, and joint activities between the member societies, to the benefit of their individual memberships.

Each member society has its own distinct remit, constitution, membership and geographical base, but we each face similar issues. The nature of research management and administration is changing, and it is becoming more professional. The economic and political imperatives and pressures are common across the globe. The network enables the officers of the member societies to compare their national or regional issues, and to learn from each other. Through INORMS, we are able to transfer training course structure and content, adopt comparable support mechanisms, and jointly develop training materials.

The objectives of INORMS are:

INORMS 2019 Congress

10-13 April 2019, Washington DC, USA

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The fifth congress of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) will be held in Washington DC, USA from 10 - 13 April 2014.

The theme of the Congress is, “Enabling the Global Research Enterprise from Policy to Practice.”

Members

The geographic spread of INORMS encompasses the USA, EU, Australasia, Pacific Rim, and Southern and West Africa. The member socieities are as follows:

Association of Research Managers and Administrators (UK)
ARMA, formed in 1991, is the professional association for research managers and administrators in the UK, and currently has around 1,700 members. The majority of ARMA's members are from UK universities, but the association also includes members from hospitals, research institutes and funders, from the UK and other countries in Europe and Africa. ARMA's mission is to facilitate excellence in research by identifying and establishing best practice in research management and administration, which is does by providing training for research managers and administrators; promoting networking activities for the exchange of best practice and for mutual support amongst members; and raising the profile of research management and administration as a profession.

Australasian Research Management Society
ARMS was formed in 1999, and has members working in universities, hospitals, medical centres, industry, government and research institutes.

Canadian Association of University Research Administrators
CAURA was formed in 1971, and has members in universities and other post-secondary institutions, hospitals, and research institutes.

Danish Association of Research Managers and Administrators
DARMA was formed in 2006 and held its held its first formal annual meeting in June 2009. DARMA already has 130 members in a country of five million people, with five large and five small universities. All universities in Denmark are represented, plus a few members from public and private sponsors and the private sector.

European Association of Research Managers and Administrators
EARMA was formed in 1994, and has members in public and private research organisations from over 30 countries across Europe.

National Council of University Research Administrators
NCURA, founded in 1959, is an organisation of over 7,000 individuals with professional interests in the administration of sponsored programs at colleges, universities, teaching hospitals and independent not for profit research institutes. NCURA's core mission is education and it does this by providing over 40 programmes each year with its training workshops, national conferences, television broadcasts, and on-line tutorials. In addition, NCURA has a robust web site that includes virtual communities, designed by topic area, where colleagues may find the latest information and ask questions or provide information to each other.

While NCURA's virtual communities are designed for its members, it has an International Community which is open to the world with the hope of sharing information and to promote understanding of research management practices throughout the profession. The Council publishes a news magazine five times per year and has an on-line professional journal, Research Management Review. In addition to the news magazine and journal, NCURA is the publisher of numerous books on sponsored programs management. Each November, NCURA presents an Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., where over 2,000 of its members gather for three days of continuing education with over 100 training sessions and workshops. The Council maintains a national office in Washington, D.C.

PraxisUnico
PraxisUnico- was formed in 2010 by merging the Praxis and Unico organisations to become the UK's leading Tech and Knowledge Transfer organisation. PraxisUnico is an educational not-for-profit organisation set up to support innovation and commercialisation of public sector and charity research for social and economic impact.

It encourages innovation and acts as a voice for the research commercialisation profession, facilitating the interaction between the public sector research base, business and government. PraxisUnico provides a forum for best practice exchange, underpinned by first-class training and development programmes.

Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association
SARIMA was formed in 2002, and has members across Southern Africa

Society of Research Administrators International
Society of Research Administrators International (founded in 1967) is a nonprofit association dedicated to the education and the professional development of research administrators, as well as the enhancement of public understanding of the importance of research and its administration. The Society's mission reflects the following purposes: The education of research administrators, professionals in related fields, and the public through the exchange of information, individual contacts, professional presentations, formal and informal meetings and publications and the improvement of communications among researchers, host institutions and organizations, the sponsors of research administrators, and the general public.

Through innovative programs and a wide variety of outreach programs, SRA International continuously seeks to broaden and diversify its membership base of over 3,500 individuals world wide. SRA International's mission and objectives reflect the demands of a growing profession. SRA International membership is drawn from universities, corporate businesses, health care facilities, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.

West African Research and Innovation Management Association
WARIMA was formed in 2007, and has members from across West Africa

The Association of Commonwealth Universities
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) through the ACU's Research Management Network

New Societies are encouraged to join INORMS, and member societies support the development of similar associations in under-represented areas.

Activities

Previous Congresses

Meetings

The officers of the INORMS member societies meet on a formal basis at each society's annual meetings. On such occasions, there is a discussion of the current issues facing the societies and their members, and exchange of relevant material. Outside the formal meetings, there is exchange of detailed information, often on a bilateral basis, such as details of a mentoring scheme, or material for shared trai ning and development curricula.

RIMI4AC

The objective of the RIMI4AC project was to improve the Research and innovation management capacity in Africa and the Caribbean (RIMI4AC) for the successful stimulation and dissemination of research results, in those regions. The project which was led by SARIMA and funded by the EU ACP S&T Programme, ran from 2009 until 2013.

As part of the RIMI4AC project activities, three new RM assoications were created - CARIMA for the Central Africa region, EARIMA for the East Africa region and CabRIMA for the Caribbean region

The RIMI4AC project consortium is committed to building on the achievements of the RIMI4AC project, and to ensuring that the project's impact is lasting. The relationships that were formed have already resulted in a number of other collaborative projects and joint funding proposals. At INORMS 2014, the partners will hosted a joint workshop titled Enabling the Research Enterprise in African and Caribbean Institutions.

Further information on the project activities and outcomes can be found on the RIMI4AC project website.

Contacts

INORMS can be contacted via any of its member societies. The contact email addresses for the societies are listed below.

Society     Email       2014 Annual Conferences
  

Association of Research Managers and Administrators (UK)

enquiries@arma.ac.uk

9-11 June, Blackpool, UK

Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS)

ARMS@researchmanagement.org.au

17-19 Sept. Canberra, Australia

Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (CAURA)

admin@caura-acaru.ca        14-18 June, Ottawa, Canada
  

Danish Association of Research Managers and Administrators

darma@darma.dk      3-4 June
  European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA)                
  

30 June 02 July, Tallinn, Estonia

National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)

info@ncura.edu      
  

10-13 August, Washington, DC

Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA)

sarima@sarima.co.za     
  

6-11 July, Gaborone, Botswana

Society of Research Administrators International (SRA)

info@srainternational.org

18-22 Oct. San Diego, USA

West African Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA)

warimaoffice@yahoo.com      2-7 March, Jos, Nigeria
  

The Association of Commonwealth Universities

resman@acu.ac.uk        N/A
  

PraxisUnico ( is an educational not-for-profit organisation set up to support innovation and commercialisation of public sector and charity research for social and economic impact)

www.praxisunico.org.uk      12-13 June, Cardiff, UK