The African Academy of Sciences International Research Management Staff Development Programme – (IRMSDP)

The African Academy of Sciences International Research Management Staff Development Programme – (IRMSDP)  


The African Academy of Sciences and Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) UK are launching the International Research Management Staff Development Programme (IRMSDP) to contribute to the strand on developing individual capacity of research management staff. The programme is focusing on knowledge sharing and the development of tools and resources, created by teams consisting of research management professionals from across Africa and the UK.  

This call for expressions of interest serves as an invitation to all research management professionals in Africa and UK working in academic and research institutions to lodge applications to participate in the programme which will involve 
a) Virtual seminars/workshops 
b) Innovations and project development,  
c) Staff exchange visits to Africa from the UK and vice versa. 
 
In their proposals, teams should therefore creatively describe how their proposed Innovation/idea aligns to one or more of the following themes:  
1) Research management support functions and infrastructure 
2) Professional development for research managers and administrators  
3) Funding and collaboration for research 
4) Research Uptake and Impact 

Target Group and Eligibility Criteria 
Africa applicants: 
1) Research managers and administrators working at universities and or research institutions in Africa. 
2) Hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible African institution, which must span the duration of the visit.  
3) Be applying as part of a group of up to five research management professionals from multiple research organisations within a region or within a country, so that each group is made up of individuals from different and diverse institutions. Regions are identified in Africa as within one of the areas covered by each professional association (e.g countries represented within the Eastern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (EARIMA).  
4) All individual applicants should have a supporting letter from their institution allowing them to take part in the programme and expressing their support. 
5) The applicants must be able to commit time to the whole programme and activities outlined in the curriculum.   
6) Successful individual applicants will be expected to seek membership in or affiliation with their respective Research Management and Innovation Association such as the Central Africa Research and Innovation Association (CARIMA), Eastern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association(EARIMA), Southern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association( SARIMA), Western Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA).In instances where a Research and Innovation Management Association (RIMA) doesn't exist, participants will be added to a mailing list and will be required to join the RIMA once it is up and running. 
 
UK applicants: 
1) Research managers and administrators working at universities and or research institutions in the UK. 
2) Hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible UK institution, which must span the duration of the visit.  
3) Be a member of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA). 
4) Be applying as part of a group of up research management professionals from multiple research organisations, so that each group is made up of individuals from different and diverse institutions.  
5) All individual applicants should have a supporting letter from their institution allowing them to take part in the programme and expressing their support. 
6) The applicants must be able to commit time to the whole programme and activities outlined in the curriculum.   
 
Application Process 
All applications will be submitted on the Ishango online system https://aasishango.ccgranttracker.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f through the Africa or UK application tab. UK applicants are expected to fill out the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion questionnaire on this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MB6F5ZR before launching their application.  
Teams will nominate one member who will lodge the application for the entire team, and therefore act as the contact point. The application form will include  
a) Personal information on the team members  
b) Information on represented institutions 
c) Brief overview on the teams proposed innovation/idea and its thematic focus 
d) Information on the team make-up and learning goals 
e) Attached supporting letters from the members' institutions. 
 
Important dates 
 
Call for applications opened:  19th June 2020 
Call for application closes: 26th July 2020 (00.00 EAT/22.00 WET) 
Screening: 27th July – 7th August 2020 
Preselection and Matching:  10th August – 4th September 2020 
Final selection and awards issued: 7th – 11th September 2020 
Programme begins: 14th September 2020 

Contacts:  
All queries about this call should be addressed to ReMPro Africa at remproafrica@aasciences.africa or ARMA at eva@arma.ac.uk  
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